Kingston – Civic workers provide some vital front line services. From fixing and maintaining roads…. to garbage collection and by-law enforcement. And that work will continue uninterrupted now that the inside and outside municipal workers have signed a new contract with the city.
Adam Bol / President, CUPE Local 109
“I think we did OK and I think the majority of the membership is happy with it.”
The deal was reached following a month of negotiations between the city and its largest union.
Last month a new collective agreement was ratified by the majority of city employees which sits at about 900. It’s been approved by council and includes a wage increase of 5.2 percent over a four-year period.
There were also slight increases in benefits and most notably long-term disability benefits. Union leaders call it a fair agreement for both workers and taxpayers.
Adam Bol – President/CUPE 109:
“Benefits can be the most important thing sometimes and this round we were able to get some small benefits increases in some areas and significant benefit increases in other areas so we were really happy about that.”
Meantime the city’s firefighters also reached a deal without heading to arbitration. Details on that contract are scarce but the collective agreement is retroactive and covers January of 2015 to December 31st of 2017. Council approved the contracts at its last meeting on December 20th.