Agreement at BC Transit in Victoria

June 25, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

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CAW Local 333 members who work at B.C. Transit in Victoria, British Columbia have ratified a new two-year agreement.

The new contract covers 680 transit operators and skilled trades workers and expires March 31, 2012. It resists concession demands and provides benefit gains, while eliminating a tier in the wage schedule, now ensuring that after two years everyone is at the top rate.

This round of bargaining occurred in a particularly tough environment with the provincial Liberal government mandating a zero cost agreement over two years.

 "It is very disappointing that the right to free collective bargaining was denied by this legislation," said CAW BC Area Director Susan Spratt said. "Some of our members made gains at the expense of others. I'm very proud of our members who sacrificed to give newer members of our union a wage increase to get them to a living wage in Victoria."

"We truly hope that in the next agreement transit workers can be recognized for the service they provide to the public in Victoria and we can move forward," Spratt said.

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