May 31, 2014 6:22 pm

UPDATE: White Rock city workers ratify new agreement

Norman Orr - White Rock

The City of White Rock has ratified a four-year collective agreement with CUPE employees after several months of job action.

The agreement comes after a series of rotating strikes affecting everything from bylaw enforcement to garbage collection.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin said in a statement Friday the city had reached a tentative agreement. The agreement was ratified Saturday.

“This means we are closer to our employees returning to work and resume delivering the excellent public services our residents expect and deserve,” Baldwin said.

Employees had been without an agreement since 2011 and were looking for better hours, benefits and treatment for part-time staff.

Union president Mike Guraliuk said that CUPE members stood together to make it clear they were serious about the issues on the bargaining table.

“We made some important gains but CUPE also moved significantly and we were very flexible on finding common ground. We understood that job action is hard on White Rock residents. We were encouraged that the city came back to the table yesterday ready to address some key concerns,” said Guraliuk.

No specific details of the agreement have been released.

 

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