CUPE 2010 and municipality reach deal 

Both sides still to ratify increase of 6.75 per cent over four years

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The municipality and its unionized wastewater and utilities workers have reached a four-year wage deal after several months of negotiations.

The agreement, which has yet to be ratified by either side, sees a 6.75 per cent wage increase over four years. The new contract covers the period beginning January 2012. On the surface, it's the same deal negotiated in August for non-union staff at the hall, but the details have yet to be confirmed.

"It was a tough but respectful round of bargaining," said CUPE 2010 president Pete Davidson, adding that unlike previous rounds of bargaining in the last decade, this one had no animosity.

"There were no concessions from the union side and we got some contract language that we needed. I can't go into too much detail right now because it's not ratified but we're very happy with it."

He expects the union, made up of 27 Whistler workers, to ratify it on Thursday.

Municipal chief administrative officer Mike Furey confirmed a deal has been reached, but would not comment on the details, nor would he confirm the wage increases.

"I'm not going to comment on the contents of it because CUPE needs to take it to its membership and have it ratified... and we'll be taking it to council and putting it before them next week," said Furey.

Council will consider it at its in-camera morning meeting on Tuesday.

Furey said the previous wage agreement with the non-union staff was part of the consideration.

"As the employer of both the CUPE staff and the non CUPE staff, I certainly have both wage negotiations in mind as we're negotiating with either entity," he said.

The municipality is still in negotiations with its firefighters. "We're in negotiations with them; I guess you could call them extended negotiations," said Furey.

The most recent Whistler Fire Rescue Services agreement expired in Dec. 2011.


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