University of Northern B.C.'s non-faculty staff have ratified a five-year collective agreement.
The two sides worked collaboratively, said CUPE 3799 president Caroline Sewell.
"This agreement was reached in large part because of a good working relationship between our local and UNBC," said Sewell in Wednesday's press release.
The agreement follows the government's Economic Stability Mandate for all public sector employees allowing 5.5 per cent increase over five years, but with minor adjustments in the first year increases depending on the employee.
The agreement includes several improvements, the release said, including: the right for union members to adjust their hours without loss of pay to attend union membership meetings; increased vacation for long-term employees and the ability to carry over vacation; doubling of overtime banks and the length of time available to use up over time banks; post-retirement benefits; additional unpaid bereavement leave for cultural practices related to bereavement, such as headstone moving or tribal feasts; and improved reporting of sick leave.
It also said letters of intent address protection for whistleblowers.
The local represents about 350 support staff responsible with the day-to-day running of campus, including grounds maintenance, information technology services, international program support, administrative services, and counseling and advising services.