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Seven-year deal reached at co-op
Union and management at B.C. Tree Fruits Co-operative have announced that negotiations for a new contract have resulted in a framework agreement for a seven-year term.
Marketing manager Chris Pollock said management and union leaders are just putting details on paper, so they are not releasing any specifics of the agreement at this time, but there has been a contract framework agreement reached with local 247 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
Workers voted on the framework agreement at meetings held throughout the valley between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.
A brief news release regarding the agreement said the BCTF “is excited to announce the conclusion of an agreement that provides long-service employees the opportunity to continue their contracts with the co-operative.
“BCTF entered union negotiations one year prior to the current contract expiry to most-effectively address union concerns, and reach an agreement that supported both union employees and the growth goals of the co-operative as a whole.”
The agreement was reached Oct. 3 and affects more than 400 hourly employees around the Okanagan Valley, as well as increased flexibility and productivity for management, said BCTF CEO Alan Tyabji.
He added, “We are extremely pleased with the terms of the agreement which support the future growth and long-term goals of B.C. Tree Fruits Co-operative.”