City of New Westminster and CUPE 387 reach new 4-year collective agreement
New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 387 (CUPE 387) have reached a 4-year collective agreement effective January 1, 2012. The parties commenced bargaining in Spring 2012 and reached a tentative agreement in late-July.
The 4-year agreement affects the City’s CUPE workers and covers the period from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015. It provides for a wage increase of 6.75% over the period (1.25% in 2012, 1.75% in 2013, 1.75% in 2014 and 2% in 2015).
CUPE 387 ratified the new agreement with 97% support. The agreement has been approved by City Council and the Police Board. It would seem that the City and our CUPE local are the first in Metro Vancouver to reach a settlement.
The recent round of collective bargaining marked the first time in many years that the City and the Union have conducted negotiations independently after committing at the outset to reaching a new agreement that is fair and reasonable.