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UVic, UNBC and UBC ratify agreements with #CUPE locals #bcpoli

Nov. 13, 2012

Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology
Ministry of Finance

UVic, UNBC and UBC ratify agreements with CUPE locals

VICTORIA - Four agreements have been ratified under the Cooperative Gains Mandate with CUPE locals at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and at the University of Northern B.C., Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap announced today.

The four-year agreements include zero-per-cent wage increases for the first two years consistent with the 2010 Net Zero Mandate, and two-per-cent general wage increases in each of the third and fourth years, funded from savings found within existing budgets as required under the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate.

At the University of Victoria, CUPE Local 917 represents about 450 employees working in trades, janitorial, food services and various other outside services. CUPE Local 951 represents about 750 employees including secretarial, clerical, library assistants, daycare workers, nurses, technicians and other inside workers.

CUPE Local 116 represents approximately 2,000 employees working in trades, food services, custodial, research and security at the University of British Columbia.

The University of Northern B.C.'s CUPE Local 3799 represents about 350 administrative staff including inside and outside support staff, as well as English language studies instructors.

The B.C. government has been clear that there is no new money to fund wage increases and there is no desire to download these costs onto families or future generations. The Cooperative Gains Mandate provides public sector employers with the ability to negotiate modest wage increases funded from savings within existing budgets, not adding costs to taxpayers and ratepayers, and not sacrificing services.

Settlements under the 2012 mandate are expected to be unique between sectors and between employers in some sectors.

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