Two days of mediation led to a “tentative agreement” between the District of Tofino and city staff, according to a June 29 announcement from CUPE 118, which represents Tofino city workers.
“We are confident that the agreement reached meets the mandate of our members,” CUPE Local 118 President Stacy Watton said in a June 29 statement. “It’s the hard work and dedication of members that allowed us to reach a fair deal that supports workers and the important services they provide to the community.
District workers voted to strike on June 9 and mediation with the BC Labor Relations Board was scheduled for June 27 in hopes of resolving the dispute in time to handle the city’s peak tourist season.
“We are pleased to move forward with the District on a strong working relationship that allows us to work together to welcome travelers from around the world to this great community,” Watton said.
The two sides have been negotiating since November 2021, according to the announcement, which adds that details of the agreement will not be made public until the tentative agreement is ratified by union members and their employer.
“Benefits, hours of work, wages and affordability were priorities for workers, and these issues remained unresolved as the parties entered mediation on Monday,” the announcement said.
“CUPE 118 members working for the Tofino District provide vital public services to residents and visitors through infrastructure maintenance, child care and early education, municipal administration, parks and recreation, water and utilities, building inspection, enforcement and protective services, and planning.
The District of Tofino released a statement shortly after CUPE saying it is focused on supporting the health and safety of its staff and city residents and hopes the deal will be ratified in July.
“We are pleased to announce that we have reached a memorandum of understanding with CUPE 118 that was unanimously supported by both the employer and union representatives at the table,” said the Tofino General Manager. , Nyla Attyana. “The success of this process is a testament to the strong relationships we have with our staff and we look forward to continuing to work together for many years to come.”
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