January 16, 2014
City of Kamloops Reaches New Agreement with Union
Kamloops, B.C. –The City of Kamloops and CUPE Local 900 have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, with staff ratifying the new agreement with 74% support yesterday, January 15. Council approved the agreement in December.
The new agreement is effective January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018. It includes wage increases of 1.00 percent in the first year, 1.50 percent in the second year, 2.00 percent in the third year, 1.00 percent in the fourth year, and 2.00 percent in the last year of the contract. Contract language was also clarified and updated.
The parties commenced bargaining in early October, with numerous meetings in the last several months.
As with the previous contract, the negotiating teams were able to reach an agreement prior to the current contract's expiry on December 31, 2013. "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.
City of Kamloops Unit Chairperson Lorena Harrison is pleased with the outcome and the response of the union members. "Our members provide quality public services to the citizens of Kamloops every day. We are glad to have a negotiated renewed contract between the parties, with modest improvements."
Mayor Peter Milobar says the length of the agreement was a key issue. "Council would like to thank both the management negotiating team and the union negotiating team in reaching an agreement which allows for a respectful increase that will provide five years of labour peace."
CUPE Local 900 represents municipal workers who provide a wide range of municipal services including road maintenance, sewer and water services, recreational services, and administrative services such as finance and payroll.