The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 401 have announced a new four-year collective agreement.
The agreement is retroactive to January of this year and is effective through to the end of December 2024, according to a media release from the RDN.
“We would like to thank the RDN for their approach to bargaining and problem-solving efforts which are always welcome. The deal provides labour stability during an uncertain time and allows us to carry on providing the excellent public service the RDN strives for,” said Blaine Gurrie, CUPE Local 401 president.
The new agreement provides two per cent wage increases in each of the four years. It also includes improved benefit coverage, the Employee and Family Assistance program, free bus passes for employees and immediate family members and scheduling efficiencies across multiple departments, according to the release.
“The ratification of the new collective agreement provides a stable labour relations environment and certainty for both parties for the four-year term, which enables the continued delivery of high quality public service. I would like to thank the union representatives and RDN staff for their efforts in working together to come to an agreement that works for all parties,” said Douglas Holmes, chief administrative officer for the RDN.
There are currently 420 members of CUPE, Local 401 who work for the RDN and provide a wide range of public services from North Cedar to Qualicum.