Langley City workers settle a four-year contract

Langley City’s CUPE workers have a new contract in effect until 2015.

The four-year agreement runs January 2012 to December 2015 and mirrors the regional wage pattern for Metro Vancouver municipalities.

“It was a respectful round of bargaining,” CUPE 2058 president Andrew Brown said.

The contract provides a 1.25 per cent pay increase January 2012, 1.75 per cent in 2013 and 2014, and two per cent in 2015.

Previous City budgets took retroactive pay into account.

The deal includes improvements in seniority rights for temporary full-time employees and improvements to general leave and union security provisions.

“The new collective agreement meets the needs of both the City of Langley and our employees,” said Acting Mayor Ted Schaffer.

CUPE represents about 170 City workers.

“It is fairly typical, in that the union will notify the employer of their intent to initiate bargaining prior to the expiration date of the contract,” said Francis Cheung, the City administrator. “The parties will then enter into bargaining based on mutually acceptable time line.”

He added, “It is typical that the bargaining process will go beyond the expiry date.”

He explained that, as a contract nears its end, the union contacts the employer to initiate bargaining.

The last contract expired at the end of 2011 and was not resolved until 2014.

The City expects to hear from the union about the next round of bargaining in late 2015.

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