City, BCGEU reach tentative deal

The city and its union have reached a tentative deal following a day of mediation over contract negotiations on Wednesday.

Brent Camilleri, a representative of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, says the union will meet with membership on Friday to accept or reject the deal.

“We’ve reached a tentative settlement,” Camilleri said this morning.

“We’re not releasing any details until we’ve concluded our meeting with our members.”

City workers have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, and negotiations stalled in May over financial matters, including wages and benefits.

Earlier this month, union members voted 97% in favour of strike, which the union said gave it a “strong mandate to press for a reasonable settlement.”

Rashid Hasan, the city’s human resources director, said he is working on arranging a meeting with mayor and council to ratify the deal on the city’s end. That meeting could happen as early as today.


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