Members of CUPE 15 (Vancouver City and Park Board) have voted 63 per cent in favour of accepting the recommendations of a provincial mediator, ending a seven-week civic strike.
The major issue was workers demand for a flexible work schedule. In 1999, Vancouver City Council unilaterally revoked a compressed work week arrangement that had been in place for more than 20 years.
Two weeks ago, members narrowly voted to reject a tentative settlement. The two sides were called back to the bargaining table by provincial mediator Mark Atkinson. The mediators recommendations include provision for employees to work an extra 25 minutes per day in exchange for 14 earned days off per year. The deal also includes a signing bonus of $500.