January 16, 2014 - 12:45 PM
KAMLOOPS — City employees only went two weeks without an official contract, reaching an agreement with the city Wednesday.
Bargaining began back in October and this Wednesday CUPE Local 900 members voted 74 per cent in support of the new five-year contract, effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018. Council approved the agreement back in December.
Scheduled wage increases were laid out, with one per cent in the first and fourth years, 1.5 per cent in year two and two per cent in the third year and fifth year.
"This is a reflection of the mutual respect and positive working relationship between the City and the union," said Human Resources Director and management bargaining committee chair Lori Rilkoff about the ability to reach an agreement before the end of the three-year contract on Dec. 31.
The union represents municipal service workers in the fields of road maintenance, sewer and water services, recreational services and administrative services such as finance and payroll.
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