SRY & CUPE-7000 Reach New Labour Agreement
For immediate release – May 8, 2015
New Westminster, BC – Following nearly 5 weeks of negotiations, Southern Railway of BC (SRY) is pleased to announce that it has reached a new collective agreement with CUPE-7000 representing 126 of its employees. The agreement was ratified on May 4, 2015 with 68% of the employees voting in favour.
“We now have a negotiated settlement in place that addresses the company’s key concerns and provides stability and labour peace for a long time,” said Frank Butzelaar, President – Southern Railway of BC. “It allows us to move forward and positions the company for future growth while ensuring the highest levels of safety and service to our customers.”
The previous collective agreement expired March 31, 2014. Negotiations and mediation broke off on December 12, 2014 resulting in a lock-out on January 5, 2015. The new collective agreement has a seven-year term commencing April 1, 2014 and provides cumulative wage increases totalling 10.97% over the term.
J. Singh Biln