West Kelowna council has ratified a new collective agreement between the District of West Kelowna and its unionized workers.
This was the first round of bargaining between the district and the Association of Local Government Employees Union.
The parties bargained for 2 1/2 months and effectively accomplished required changes to the collective agreement. Consideration was given to market conditions as part of the settlement process.
Outstanding issues where then settled through a mutually agreed to mediation process on June 9 and 10.
The settlement includes:
• three year term
• 1.5 per cent wage increase in 2011, 1.5 per cent in 2012, and 1.5 per cent in 2013
• Benefit enhancements to commence Jan. 1, 2012
• one floating day in each of the three years of the agreement.
Union membership voted 97 per cent in favour of this settlement.