Ratification of New Collective Agreement

The Collective Agreement was ratified by the members on November 9th by a vote of 89%. The Mayor and Council ratified the Agreement at the Council Meeting on Monday, November 21 st . The new Collective Agreement will for five years, covering the period January 2016- December 31, 2020.

Some of the Highlights

Wage Increase:

  • 2016 – 1.5%
  • 2017 – 1.5%
  • 2018 – 2%
  • 2019- 2%
  • 2020 – 2%

Article 6.6 – Extended Health Benefit Plan – lifetime maximum increased from $750,000 to $1,000,000

Generic Drug Substitution language – effective January 1, 2017:
You will be given a generic substitution – when filling your prescriptions – unless your physician or dentist specifies – no substitution on your prescription – in this case – you will receive the branded drug at no extra cost to the members.

Increase to Psychologists and the addition of Clinical Counsellors – effective January 1, 2017:
Combined amount of $800 – to cover both of these specialists. Many of our members were utilizing the EFAB program which has Clinical Counsellors – this allows them to continue that relationship or use the increased funds for their Psychologist.

Parking at City Hall:
Freeze on parking for 2016, 2017 and 2018 and if increased in further years it will be done as a taxable benefit.

Additional Positions in the Bargaining Unit:
Fifty – three (53) new positions over 2016/2017

Seventeen (17) approximately from auxiliary to either regular full time or regular part time.

Increase to RFL’s for lifeguards from 1 – 3. Decrease in Lifeguard Instructor 1 hours for progression to Lifeguard – from 2080 – 1040

Engineering – Certification Pay:
Water, Sanitary- Sewer, Pumps & Controls

The City will be posting the New Collective Agreement on the website as soon as possible. Printed copies will done at that time as well.

If you have any further question, please call the union office 604-543- 3822. If anyone would like a copy of the “Memorandum of Agreement” – which is the changes to the contract, please contact the union office.


The Union and the City met on March 10th – at which time we continued to make progress in working towards a Memorandum of Agreement.  The Bargaining Committee is continuing to address with the City the issues that were indicated by you the members in the Bargaining Survey.

Discussions have been positive – we will be scheduling further meetings with the City in the near future and will post updates as they occur.

The City of Vancouver and CUPE Local 1004 have reached a tentative agreement – which they will be taking to their members at the end of March for ratification.


Bargaining Committee:

Jeannie Kilby
Tom Wiebe
Darcy McPartlin
Rick Tanaka
Aman Cheema
Elvira Janzen

Bargaining Update

Bargaining Update
The Union and the City have met numerous times over the past several months. Talks are progressing very well and we are feeling optimistic that we will have a fair, respectful and reasonable offer in the new future.
We have two more dates set with the employer, on March 10 and 11.

If you have specific questions or would like more information on how the Bargaining process works- please contact the Union office or one of your Bargaining Committee Members.

Bargaining Committee

Ratification Update

Thank you to all those who attended the ratification meeting on Wednesday, September 16/17. There was about 100 members, with many asking great questions. The ratification for the bargaining proposal passed with 100% yes vote. Bargaining will be starting and keep checking Facebook, our website for updates.