The labour strife at Thompson Rivers University is officially over — for now.
TRU’s 600 CUPE workers ratified a four-year deal this week after their labour dispute spilled onto campus this fall.
The workers agreed to a zero wage increases for the first two years and two-per-cent increases in each of the final two years.
Eighty-five per cent of the membership voted in favour of the contract, said Lois Rugg, CUPE 4879 president. However only 53 per cent filled out a ballot.
That may be because the deal doesn’t answer some of their grievances, including the doubling of parking fees and lack of funding for safety equipment, said Rugg.
But “they’re grateful that there’s something there and that we’re done for a while,” she said.
The agreement covers system analysts, accountants, cashiers, bookstore clerks and buyers, registration and admissions clerks, maintenance and utility staff, library technicians, ancillary staff and Open Learning support staff.
The deal is retroactive to 2010, when TRU's last collective agreement with support workers expired. The new contract expires at the beginning of March 2014, so the next round of negotiations will begin soon, said Rugg.