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SAANICH — After three days of bargaining, a new collective agreement was reached between CUPE 50 and the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria.

The cooperative and respectful approach displayed by the employer and the union bargaining committees was instrumental in leading to a quick settlement,” said John Burrows, president of CUPE 50. “It was refreshing to deal with an employer who fully appreciated the work of its employees and cut through the rhetoric to deal head-on with mutual concerns.”

Both parties are expected to ratify the new collective agreement by early next week.

The 20 members of CUPE 50 employed at the Royal Oak Burial Park in Saanich work as gardeners, family service advisors, crematorium operators, stonemasons, equipment operators, grounds persons and office administrators.

Contact: John Burrows, President, CUPE Local 50 (250) 385-6023