Agreement ratified between City, BCGEU

Fort St. John City Hall. File photo.

An agreement has been ratified between the City of Fort St. John, and local members of the BCGEU, officially bringing an end to the strike. Workers returned to the job on Wednesday as a sign of good faith based on the negotiations.

City employees will see an increase of 2.25 per cent retroactive to July 1. They’ll receive further wage increases of 2.25 per cent on January 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017. Regular and part time employees will also get a signing bonus of $750, and auxiliary employees will get a $350 bonus.

Brent Camilleri led the negotiations for the BCGEU. In a release he said, “The BCGEU members work hard to provide services to the people of Fort St. John. We are glad to have found common ground with the employer on the working conditions for the next three years.”

In the same release Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman stated, “Council is very pleased that an agreement was reached amicably. We have the hardest working employees in the Province and we know we are lucky to have them. The Energetic City begins with City staff.”