The Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 900 have a new five-year deal, amounting to wage increases on par with a recent deal between the City of Kamloops and its union.
The new collective agreement, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, includes wage hikes totalling 10.75 per cent over five years. The previous agreement expired at the end of 2018.
TNRD CAO Sukh Gill said the city settled with the union, then the union brought a similar proposal to the TNRD table.
“We do appreciate the union coming to the table and working with us to get this collective agreement,” Gill said.
In addition, workers will see enhanced vacation and extended health benefits.
Sukh called them “minor adjustments,” including flexibility around work hours.
While schedules were specified to be worked between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. previously, departments will now have the opportunity to start earlier and finish later, depending on department needs.
The new contract impacts about 50 TNRD employees, including office staff, utility workers, environmental services technicians, parole and finance.
The TNRD continues to negotiate with the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union, which represents library employees.
That union represents about 100 TNRD library workers. Its agreement also wrapped up at the end of 2018.