Lock out ends for highway maintenance workers in East Kootenay

BCGEU/NUPGE members achieve wage increases and other improvements in contract settlement.

Vancouver (14 Sept. 2012) - After a marathon day of bargaining that went over into the wee hours of the next day, a settlement was reached and approved by the bargaining committee representing members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) employed by Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Inc.

Members have been locked-out by the employer since August 19.

The settlement provides for a wage increase in each of five years of the agreement, with retro-active pay for the first year, the addition of pay-in-lieu for benefit for members over the age of 65 years, as well as a secured position structure. During the life of the agreement, there will be increases in auxiliary workers pay-in-lieu of benefits, increased meal allowance, vehicle allowance, abnormal conditions allowance and cell phone costs.

BCGEU/NUPGE members will be able to review the full settlement package at the ratification meeting which will be held soon.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.

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