January 26, 1999: Capilano College board ratifies faculty and staff collective agreements


      For immediate release: January 26, 1999
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      (604) 983-7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)--Both the new three-year Capilano College faculty agreement and the three-year College staff agreement were ratified by the Capilano College board on Tuesday, January 19. This completes the local portion of the collective agreements ratified by union members last year.

      "The Capilano College board is pleased that negotiations between the College and the two unions went so well," said College board chair, Naomi Yamamoto. "A pleasant chord of cooperation was struck with all sides working together to ensure service to the students was maintained, along with the goals and visions of the College."

      Faculty's bargaining went to the wire. A 4:30 a.m. settlement of negotiations on Friday, October 23 allowed the College to proceed in the afternoon with its scheduled 30th anniversary celebration. Had things not gone well, the faculty were prepared to strike that day.

      Staff union members ratified their agreement on Tuesday, December 8, also with an air of cooperation between members of the College and OPEIU negotiating teams. "We all worked within a friendly atmosphere and bargaining ran very smoothly," said Barry Williamson, a member of the staff negotiating team.

      Both sides agreed to the zero, zero, and two per cent standard wage increase over three years set by the provincial government.