Library employees agree on five-year deal

The board of trustees ratified the collective agreement at its Jan. 25 annual general meeting

CUPE 401 employees of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) voted in favour of a Memorandum of Agreement for a five year collective agreement on Feb. 5.

According to a VIRL news release it was settled with the assistance of a mediator on Jan. 14 and the VIRL’s 38 member board of trustees ratified the collective agreement at their Jan. 25 annual general meeting.

VIRL staff have been without a contract since January 1, 2015. The new five-year agreement covers January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019. The regional library system is the fifth-largest in B.C., employing over 400 people on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Haida Gwaii and Bella Coola, serving over 430,000 people. Visit their website at virl.bc.ca for information and online resources.

— NEWS Staff/VIRL news release