The new four-year agreement will allow USW employees to adjust the labor market in the second year to bring their rates of pay closer to similar positions at other regional recreation centers. The third and fourth years of the agreement have a 2 percent pay rise each year. "The Board understands the challenge of bargaining and appreciates the commitment of both management and union staff that led to this new collective agreement," said Jon Lefebure, President of the CVRD. "On behalf of the USW Bargaining Committee, I would like to thank the CVRD bargaining team and the CVRD Steering Committee for the successful collective bargaining," said Shelley Siemens, Local 1-1937 Sales Representative. "We are pleased to continue this agreement to further enhance service at our recreational facilities," Julie Bradley, CvRD Executive Director of Human Resources, said in a press release. The CRVD has reached a new agreement with the United Steel Workers Union. The three-year agreement expires on December 31, 2019 and involves an overall wage increase of 1.99 percent per year and operational improvements for both union members and the organization. The collective agreement will be revised and available as soon as it ratifies a new collective agreement with of the Regional District of Comox Valley (CVRD) and the United Steel Workers (USW) Union Local 1-1937. Negotiations on changes to the agreement began last January. In November, an ombudsman was appointed to support the discussions. On 11 December, a provisional agreement was reached with ratification by both parties on 21 December.

. Negotiations with USW Local 1-1937 began last January The 56 employees of USW Local 1927 work to provide recycling and waste services, procurement services, and recreation and facility maintenance programs. . The union represents 81 employees of the Comox Valley Sports Centre and Aquatic Centre recreational facilities. Their salaries range from $15.75 to $26.87 per hour….