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Negotiations for our VIHA members are also over. VIHA members voted in early 2019 to ratify the proposed changes to the collective agreement. He said the strike vote did not mean an imminent strike, but a sign that workers agreed with the union`s position at the bargaining table and were ready to strike if an agreement could not be reached. Illi said the union plans to submit mediation to try to resolve negotiations without a strike by a mediator appointed by B.C. Labour Relations Board. The four-year agreement provides for annual wage increases and a provision for the parties to regularize auxiliaries, a key point in the negotiations, given the approximately 375 auxiliaries in the Capital Regional District. “We find it particularly worrying that CRD senior managers and directors have recently received significant wage increases, but that the CRD is not prepared to consider this modest increase for some of its most vulnerable workers – which led us to this strike vote,” Illi added. LINK: CRD Board Members Vote in Favor of Salary Increase for CRD (Capital Regional District) Executives – January 2017 – December 31, 2020 Kevin Murdoch, an Oak Bay City Councillor, who is the president of the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association, which is negotiating on behalf of the CRD, also said he wanted discussions with the union to continue.