On the heels of a new contract with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 900 and the City of Kamloops, council has approved giving managers a percentage raise similar to that received by union employees.
The raise is effective as of Jan. 1 of this year.
Management’s contract expired at the end of 2018.
A closed council resolution from a June 11 meeting presented Tuesday during the mayor’s report revealed staff will receive a 10.75 per cent pay increase over the next five years, through 2023.
The resolution states the motion was moved by Coun. Dale Bass, seconded by Coun. Arjun Singh and carried, with all councillors present.
City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin explained to KTW the five-year proposal was presented to council, matching CUPE’s pay raise.
The city and CUPE agreed to a new five-year contract in May, with a pay raise of 10.75 per cent over the next five years.
Trawin said management’s new contract did not see increases to benefits nor work practices (holidays and sick time).
City managers are paid on a five-step grid and Trawin said the city matched its third step to the middle mark of other communities.
The comparison is made among the same 13 communities to which council salaries are compared.
“It showed that management salaries are generally in line with other communities in terms of what compensation is,” Trawin said.
“They don’t need to be increased beyond the cost of living. We also asked what other communities are doing. Generally, what the union had is similar to what other communities are doing.”
Management’s last contract saw a 7.5 per cent pay raise over five years.
Asked why the raises are more this time, Trawin said if managers don’t stay in line with the union, managers can wind up making less than the staff they supervise.
Management doesn’t get overtime pay, for example.