COURTENAY, B.C- A new collective agreement is in place between the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and 84 unionized employees.

According to a news release from the CVRD, an agreement was reached between the district and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) 556, which represents the 84 employees in question. Once ratified, the district believes it will provide continued labour relations stability within services staffed by CUPE in the district.

“From an employer perspective, we continue to appreciate the support and business acumen of CUPE representatives,” said Julie Bradley, Executive Manager of Human Resources with the CVRD, in the release.

“We are pleased with the results of bargaining and moving forward with this partnership to enhance service delivery in the Comox Valley.”

The agreement will run from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020, and provide a two per cent wage increase over each year, and enhancement to health benefits.

“We would like to acknowledge the positive working relationship we have with the CVRD,” said Karen Garrett, President of CUPE 556, in the release.

“Because of this relationship between the employer and our members, negotiations were respectful and successful for both parties. Our members throughout the Comox Valley work hard and take pride in the services we provide in our communities. On behalf of CUPE 556 members, we continue to look forward to serving our community and providing these important services.”

The agreement will be available on the CVRD website once it has been updated.