First of three CUPE unions at UVic ratifies contract

UVic outside workers approve retroactive four year contract

Members of Canadian Union of Public Employees local 917, which represents outside workers at the University of Victoria, ratified a retroactive, four-year contract Monday.

The contract is a “no concession” deal that includes two-per-cent increases per year over the next two years.

Local 917, along with locals 951 and 4163, have been without contracts since March 31, 2010. The other two locals struck identical agreements last week, and are holding ratification votes this week and next week.

“I think that all the members are relieved that this round of bargaining is ended,” said Rob Park, president of CUPE 917. “We’ve got a contract now. We’ll have a little time to catch our breath, and then we’re back at the (bargaining) table in a year and a half.”

Park said approximately 150 members voted on Monday, with 70 per cent of those in favour of ratifying the deal.

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