City of Kamloops, union reach deal on five-year contract

Unionized employees will receive a 10.75% pay hike over the life of the half-decade agreement

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 900 and the City of Kamloops have agreed to a new five year contract.

The collective agreement will see unionized city staff receive a pay raise of 10.75 per cent over the life of the five-year contract — 2.5 per cent in the first year, 2.25 per cent in the second year and two per cent in each of the remaining three years of the agreement.

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The terms of the agreement also include several housekeeping issues.

“I am very pleased about the way negotiations have led to a successful and long-term contract,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said in a joint press release issued by the city and CUPE Local 900.

In addition to wage adjustments, the new collective agreement includes a number of wording changes to clarify terms and provisions that will help both parties in better interpreting the agreement. Those changes are intended to produce more efficient operations by reducing costs related to disagreements and disputes between the parties.

“Both the union and the city have worked collaboratively for an agreement that is fair to workers, is in line with inflation, and protects the services citizens count on,” CUPE local 900 president Carmen Sullivan said.

“This agreement builds on improved co-operation between the parties, which this year helped realize savings by keeping work in-house.”

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