News Briefs – United Steel Workers and CVRD Reach Tentative Agreement

People are being cautioned not to leave their pets intheir cars, even for a short dash into the supermarket.

United Steel Workers and CVRD Reach Tentative Agreement

The Cowichan Valley Regional District and United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1-1937 have reached an agreement in principle in their current labour dispute.

The USW served 72-hour notice on May 29 after taking a strike vote May 8.

Details are not being released, pending ratification votes by both parties which will occur during the month of July.

The parties have continued to meet over the past couple of weeks in an attempt to break the bargaining impasse.

“The deal generally follows the terms of the agreements reached between the CVRD and its other unions, with minor adjustments based on issues specific to the USW affiliated group,” says a June 26 Cowichan Valley Regional District news release.

The United Steel Workers and CVRD are no longer pursuing an Essential Service designation from the Labour Relations Board, “and instead will focus their energies on obtaining the ratification of the agreement,” the release adds.

Don’t leave pets in cars even in the shade

With temperatures soaring into the high 20s and 30s people are being cautioned not to leave their pets intheir cars, even for a short dash into the supermarket.

An animal can be overwhelmed by heat in as little as ten minutes. The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with partly open windows, can rapidly reach a level high enough to seriously harm or even kill your pet.