The current collective agreement with the West Shore Parks and Recreation Society (WSPRS) expires on December 31, 2020. We have not yet reached an agreement with WSPRS management. Negotiations with GVHS ended in April 2019. This collective agreement is applicable until December 31, 2023. CUPE 1978, members working for the BC Capital District (CRD) voted yesterday (31 May) 93 per cent for strike action. "The main issue to negotiate is improving benefits for casual and auxiliary workers," says Illi. "These workers are not entitled to the majority benefits of the collective agreement, so they receive an hourly bonus instead. One of our top priorities in this round of negotiations is to modestly increase this hourly bonus for our weaker members, who often do not have job security, reliable working time or consistent schedules. To date, the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Board and the DRC were not prepared to seriously consider this proposal and, as a result, we have found ourselves in a deadlock in the negotiations. The current collective agreement with the Capital District (CRD) expires on 31 December 2020. The interim agreement was reached on 14 August after two days of conciliation negotiations. "We must ensure that there is no danger to public safety and ensure that essential services are preserved before taking work action or sending off," said Rick Illi, President of CUPE Local in 1978. The four-year contract provides for annual salary increases and a plan for the parties involved in the regularization of auxiliary staff, a central point in the negotiations given the approximately 375 auxiliaries in the Capital District.
CUPE 1978 represents approximately 1,200 members in the Greater Victoria region, including more than 750 members who work for the DRC and provide important municipal services to residents and businesses. Negotiations for our HIVA members are also over. HIVA members voted to ratify the proposed changes to the collective agreement in early 2019. The new collective agreement will take effect from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022. For more information, visit the CUPE Community Health website: "In addition to reduced job security, auxiliaries are denied many benefits for ordinary employees, which we find unacceptable.