United Steelworkers Union strike action impacts Strathcona Gardens services until further notice:
❌ Aquatic facility & weight/fitness areas are suspended & All SRD programs/lessons canceled
✅ Arenas remain open for all booked ice users
We apologize for any inconvenience.  Call 250-830-6744 for ice bookings.

View strike info & FAQs at www.strathconagardens.com/strike_info

Strathcona Gardens Union Strike Action

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FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

New FAQ’s have been added as of Dec 15th and can be found at the bottom of this section.

1 – Is the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex open?
On November 22nd, 2021 the aquatic facility, fitness area, and programming was suspended indefinitely at the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex due to strike action taken by United Steelworker (USW) Local 1-1937 employees. The arenas remain open for booked ice user groups willing to cross the picket line.  

2- Why is there a Strike?
There are 82 unionized employees at the facility, represented by USW Local 1-1937. The most recent collective agreement between the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) and USW Local 1-1937 expired on December 31, 2020 and bargaining towards a new collective agreement began that same month.  

 In March 2021, SRD asked the Labour Relations Board (LRB) for a mediator’s help to resolve outstanding issues. The LRB appointed a mediator who helped develop a 4-year tentative agreement that included general wage increases of 2%, 2%, 2% and 2.25% annually. These wage increases are comparable to other recently negotiated agreements on the North Island and Mid Island (including the City of Campbell River, the City of Courtenay, the Town of Qualicum Beach, the Village of Cumberland, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Comox Valley Regional District).  

 In July 2021, the SRD and USW Local 1-1937 bargaining committees agreed to take the tentative agreement to their respective ratification processes, recommending approval. SRD approved the tentative agreement, but USW Local 1-1937 members rejected it. The union bargaining committee is now seeking wage increases that range from a minimum of 6.77% to 13.28% in the first year of a new contract.  

 3-How can the dispute be resolved?
The SRD has requested that USW Local 1-1937 participate in binding labour arbitration as a way to resolve the dispute. Bargaining towards a new collective agreement began almost a year ago, December 2020 and labour arbitration is a way to move forward from an impasse.  In arbitration, an impartial third party is agreed to by both parties and renders a binding decision to resolve the situation.  

 USW Local 1-1937 has not responded to SRD’s three requests to return to binding arbitration and began indefinite strike action on November 22, 2021.  

 4- When will full services resume at the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex? 
We do not know when full services will resume. USW Local 1-1937 has said that its strike is indefinite. However, we believe that neither SRD nor unionized facility employees want to be in this situation. The SRD hopes the USW Local 1-1937 will accept its invitation to proceed with arbitration so that we can reach a new agreement and resume services as soon as possible. 

5- How can the ice arenas remain open for booked users without USW staff?
The ice arenas are able to remain open for booked user groups because non-unionized SRD managers at the facility are fully qualified and hold the legally required certification to safely maintain and operate the facility. 

6- What is the Strathcona Gardens Commission, and what does it do?

The Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex is overseen by the Strathcona Gardens Commission. The Commission’s role is to make decisions about the operation and maintenance of the Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex. The Commission does not make day-to-day decisions – these are handled by the Complex’s management team and the CAO. Rather, the Commission is responsible for approving the facility’s budget and strategic priorities.

The Commission is made up of 5 members of the Strathcona Regional District Board. Under Bylaw 1352, the Commission must consist of: 3 Board members from the City of Campbell River, the Director for Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake), and 1 Board member appointed to represent the community at large.

The current members of the Commission are:

  • Chair – Andy Adams (Campbell River)
  • Vice Chair – Brenda Leigh (Electoral Area D Director)
  • Colleen Evans (Campbell River)
  • Ron Kerr (Campbell River)
  • Cal Grunerud (community at large)

7-Where can I find the most recent USW Local 1-1937 collective agreement?

View the collective agreement or the Schedule ‘A’ Wages HERE.

8- Do employees in the USW Local 1-1937 bargaining unit receive cost of living adjustments to their wages?

Here is a comparison of the general wage increases that the USW Local 1-1937 bargaining unit has negotiated since the Strathcona Regional District was established in 2008 compared to the Annual Average Index of the BC Consumer Price Index.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Totals
Negotiated Wage Increases 2.75% 2.75% 0.00% 2.00% 3.00% 1.50% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 2.00% 26.00%
BC CPI 2.10% 0.00% 1.30% 2.40% 1.10% -0.10% 1.00% 1.10% 1.80% 2.10% 2.70% 2.30% 0.80% 18.60%

9- Why are there delivery trucks crossing the picket line?

The managers on site are maintaining the facility to ensure it is ready to open safely at a moment’s notice. For example, pools require daily maintenance and chemical injection to maintain health standards and chemical deliveries are required every few weeks to maintain the pools.


How can I get a refund or reschedule programs and lessons that I’m missing?

SRD will automatically issue monthly and annual pass holders with a credit for the number of days that the service was interrupted. These credits will be issued once full services resume so that we can provide an accurate credit.  SRD will reimburse patrons for lessons, birthday parties, events, and other programs that were missed due to the interruption of service. To obtain a refund, patrons can contact Robin Kentrop – Senior Manager, Strathcona Gardens. Please leave Robin a phone message at 830-6744 or send an email to rkentrop@srd.ca and you will be contacted within 2 business days to process the refund or rebook activities.  

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