Delta council approves new contract with CUPE
Council has approved a new four-year collective agreement between the Corporation of Delta and CUPE Local 454 that will see marginal wage increases in each of the next four years.
The deal, which was agreed to on Dec. 19 and ratified by CUPE members Jan. 9, will see salaries rise 1.25 per cent retroactive to 2012, 1.75 per cent in 2013 and 2014, and two per cent in 2015.
It also sets standardization of hours of work for municipal hall staff from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with a half hour lunch break and non-standard hours for Delta Community Animal Shelter staff in order to provide round-the-clock coverage.
The wage increases negotiated for CUPE staff are the same as those reached by the City of New Westminster, City of Burnaby and City of Vancouver.
CUPE employees had been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2011, and negotiations lasted nearly all of 2012 until a senior mediator with the Labour Relations Board of B.C. was brought in to break the gridlock.
The new contract guarantees labour peace until at least Dec. 31, 2015.
CUPE 454 represents approximately 850 workers employed by the Corporation of Delta.