Sign that reads CUPE 50 Neighbours at work for you CUPE 50 members have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, BCSPCA.

The new agreement, reached earlier this month after three days of bargaining, is retroactive to January 2023 and expires at the end of 2025. Wage increases will range from 8 to 24% in year one, depending on classification, and 3% for both of the final two years.

“We were seeking wage fairness in this round of bargaining, so we feel that we achieved that,” said CUPE 50 President John Burrows. “With the first year in particular, the new contract addresses wage disparity between positions within the BCSPCA, as well as regionally. Some classifications also required adjustment to support recruitment and retention.”

The contract also includes the addition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, and improvements to benefit access for part-time temporary employees.

“We are pleased that we were able to negotiate benefits for long-term temporary appointments—a step towards improving benefits for all,” said Burrows.