City of Kamloops, CUPE continue contract talks

The previous agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2018

The City of Kamloops and CUPE 900, the union representing city employees, continue to bargain months after their five-year contract expired.

The previous agreement ended on Dec. 31, 2018.

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“Things have been going extremely well,” City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin told KTW.

However, no negotiation details have been disclosed, nor has a timeline for a possible deal been provided.

The city has said it does not bargain in the media and multiple calls to the union by KTW have not been returned.

A ratification vote for union will take place on May 23 at McArthur Island Sport and Recreation Centre.

The last collective agreement ran from 2014 to 2018 and resulted in a 7.5 per cent wage increase over the five years, with CUPE members voting 74 per cent in favour of ratifying the deal.

The contract included wage increases of one per cent in the first year, 1.5 per cent in the second year, two per cent in the third year, one per cent in the fourth year and two per cent in the fifth and final year, in 2018.

Trawin said at the time it was unusually long for a municipal contract.

CUPE Local 900 represents municipal employees whose work includes road maintenance, sewer and water services, recreational services and administrative services such as finance and payroll.

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