Caribou Regional District workers gain parity with municipal workers

June 10, 2009

New contract with Caribou Regional District ratified

Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employee's Union working for the Caribou Regional District have ratified a new five-year contract with significant wage increases that bring them to parity with their fellow municipal workers in Williams Lake.

The contract - which was recently ratified by 97 percent of BCGEU members, provides for wage increases of 15.5 percent over five years. Pay rates will increase 2.5 percent in each of the first three years, three percent in year four and five percent in the fifth year.

In addition, a group of approximately twenty workers including clerical staff and building inspectors will receive added lifts of between six and eight percent to make sure they are paid the same as other municipal workers in the area.

"This is a solid collective agreement that was needed to get the members on par with their municipal colleagues within the boundaries of the regional district." BCGEU president Darryl Walker stated. "It was imperative in this round of bargaining to achieve that."

Apart from wage increases, other gains were made. There is new contract language on important issues like harassment and vacation entitlement and benefits have been enhanced.

The Caribou Regional District covers Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and operates twelve library branches in the Caribou Chilcotin. There are 85 to 100 members in the District depending on the time of year. CRD employees provide a variety of important services like fire protection, emergency planning, solid waste management, land use planning, invasive plant management as well as running libraries and recreational facilities.