CUPE and university ratify agreement

Five-year agreement affects 414 university staff

Last Wednesday, TRU and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4879 reached and ratified an agreement.

Only university staff will be affected, not lecturers or educators. Of those affected, include: system analysts, accountants, cashiers, bookstore clerks and buyers, registration/admissions clerks and Open Learning support staff, amongst many others.

The agreement will cover a five-year period. Between April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019, staff at the university will have had their wages increased by 5.4 percent. Since April of last year, staff wages have gone up 0.9 percent. More wage increases will occur on the first of April for the next three years (0.5 percent) and the thirty-first of March for 2017, 2018 and 2019 (1.0 percent).

Union employees will also see some benefit improvements as well, with 0.1 percent of the general wage increase in the first year being directed towards benefits. There will also be potential for GDP increases starting April first of next year.

Employers will also gain flexibility in hiring members of the disabled community and the student community. Amendments to the administration of sick leave accruals have also been made, as well as the introduction of independent third-party adjudication of sick leave claims.

This is the second settlement to be reached between university staff and TRU this year. In January, an agreement with TRU Open Learning Faculty was reached.