Victoria Shipyards workers narrowly ratify new 4-year contract
Unionized workers at Victoria Shipyards have narrowly accepted a new four-year contract after last-minute negotiations with employer Seaspan.
Workers voted 53 per cent in favour of accepting the deal, which was ratified on Friday, according to representative Rob Taylor of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 191.
The new contract provides workers with a 0.5 per cent wage increase in the first year and a 0.5 per cent increase in the third year, for a one per cent increase over the life of the four-year contract, Taylor said.
The workers suspended their job action earlier this month, which had prohibited members from working outside regularly scheduled hours.
The short-lived overtime ban came into effect on April 4 but was resolved with a new contract offer from Seaspan that same day.
Despite the new deal, the union rep says a shortage of skilled workers remains a main concern at Victoria Shipyards, which is based at the Esquimalt Graving Dock.
Seaspan's operations locally include the maintenance and repair of cruise ships and ferries, as well as work on frigates and submarines for the Royal Canadian Navy.
CTV News has reached out to the union for further details.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he will not be running in the race to pick a new leader of his United Conservative party.
A free animal wellness clinic that helps homeless and low-income pet owners in Nanaimo receive veterinary care for free is celebrating its third anniversary with a gift of 500 microchips from the BC SPCA.
Two men charged in a 2020 "straw purchaser" investigation have been sentenced, according to B.C.'s anti-gang police unit.
Toronto is under a severe thunderstorm warning, with Environment Canada warning of gusting winds and potential hail on Saturday.
The Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (IERHA) is informing residents of a temporary suspension of services at the Pine Falls Health Complex emergency department.
Police in Burnaby are asking the public for help locating a 13-year-old boy who was reported missing Friday night.
Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Waterloo Region and the surrounding area.
Russia's claimed seizure of a Mariupol steel plant that became a symbol of Ukrainian tenacity gives Russian President Vladimir Putin a sorely needed victory in the war he began, capping a nearly three-month siege that left a city in ruins and more than 20,000 residents feared dead.
The federal government is reporting a sharp rise in influenza in recent months, at a time of the year when detected cases generally start to fall in Canada.