E-Comm 9-1-1 (Emergency Communications for British Columbia Inc.) and Emergency Communications Professionals of BC, CUPE 8911, reached a tentative agreement late last night for a new three-year collective agreement.

“This new deal modernizes our collective agreement with improvements to compensation, benefits, and support for B.C.’s first, first responders who make sure there is someone there to answer the phone when you need help,” said CUPE 8911 President Donald Grant. “More work will need to be done to stabilize staffing levels at E-Comm, but this is an important step towards making sure there is a strong and resilient emergency communications system in British Columbia.”

E-Comm Vice President (People and Culture) Greg Conner said the proposed agreement was reached in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. “The outcomes will have lasting and positive impact on our collective ability to recruit, retain and develop the people who provide essential public safety services to the people of B.C,” said Conner.

Terms of the agreement will be released upon ratification by both parties.