RDKB and CUPE reach agreement

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2254 have reached a three-year collective agreement.

Marguerite Rotvold, chair of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) and Steve Crossman, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 2254, are pleased to announce that they have ratified a three-year collective agreement effective this past Jan. 1 through to Dec. 31, 2013.

The agreement between the RDKB and its employees approves increases in salaries as follows: 1.85 per cent in 2011, 1.8 per cent in 2012 and 1.8 per cent in 2013.

The agreement also includes some contract language changes and improvements to the employee’s benefits.

Chair Rotvold advised, “We’re pleased that the negotiations went well and we have a three year contract with our union employees.”

Crossman also expressed his pleasure that his members have successfully negotiated a three-year contract.