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NORTH VANCOUVER – District and North Vancouver Recreation Commission workers voted overwhelmingly today to accept the tentative agreements recommended by their bargaining committee. This brings an end to the civic strike in North Vancouver with services being fully restored to the public on Tuesday, August 7, 2007.

The contracts include many improvements that were identified as priorities by the 800 district and recreation commission workers, but will not be released to the public until the Recreation Commission Board has an opportunity to also ratify the agreement early next week. North Vancouver District Council ratified the agreement on Friday, August 3, 2007.

Clearly our members are happy with the agreements and we look forward to restoring services,” says Cindy McQueen, CUPE 389 president. “We set out to make headway on important issues like coverage for non-Pharmacare drugs and that has been accomplished. ”
While McQueen is not releasing full details of the agreement, she does admit there were important gains made and that the agreements “build on” settlements reached in Richmond, Delta, Surrey and Burnaby.

The above settlements all happened without GVRD Labour Relations Bureau involvement – so this settlement in North Vancouver is a case of non-Bureau municipalities leading Bureau-run municipalities.

The details of the agreement are expected to be released when the North Vancouver Recreation Commission Board ratifies early next week.

The City of North Vancouver has yet to reach an agreement with CUPE 389, which also represents North Vancouver’s city workers.

For more information, please contact:

Cindy McQueen, CUPE 389 President, 778-688-9537
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, 778-229-0258