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North Island College agrees to labour deal

Dec 06 2012

Support staff at North Island College have agreed to a four per cent pay hike.

The tentative four-year deal dates back to 2010 with no increase in the first two years in keeping the B.C. government's net zero mandate. Support staff will then receive four one per cent hikes spread over the deal's final two years.

The 169 members of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3479 will hold a ratification vote next week.

The settlement, similar to other public-sector agreements, follows a two-day strike last month by support staff at colleges across B.C., including Camosun College in Victoria and Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

CUPE locals followed the strike with a series of rallies and protests last week designed to pressure the B.C. government to reach a deal. Late Sunday, the B.C. Post Secondary Employers' Association and the College and Institutes Support Staff Bargaining Association agreed to a framework deal. CUPE 3479 and North Island College held one final day of negotiations before agreeing to terms that will affect staff at campuses in Port Alberni, Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Hardy and Ucluelet.

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