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July 20, 2015, 4:00 pm

City of Merritt and CUPE Local 900 Ratify Three Year Agreement

City of Merritt
MERRITT - The City of Merritt and Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 900 (Merritt Unit) ratified a renewed collective agreement on July 14, 2015.  The renewed agreement is for a three year term from January 1, 2015 through to December 31, 2017.

In addition to some improvements to Vision Care and Dental Benefits, that bring those more in line with other public sector contracts, the agreement provides a general wage increase of 1.5% retroactive to January 1, 2015 a further 1.5% increase on January 1, 2016 and a 1.75% increase on January 1, 2017.

Many articles in the renewed agreement were amended to clarify their meaning and intent, some job positions were reclassified and some housekeeping amendments to the wage schedules were agreed to during collective bargaining.  Comprehensive ‘no personal harassment’ articles were included in the renewed agreement to address this emerging workplace issue and address WorkSafe BC requirements.

Mayor Menard said “I am pleased that agreement was reached on a renewed collective agreement that provides fair and deserved benefit and wage increases for the City’s CUPE employees.  Our people provide valued services to the community and for that I thank them.”

Kevin Vilac, CUPE Local 900 Unit Chair said “I am pleased that an agreement was reached quickly without any great disagreement.  This agreement will benefit all parties involved.”

”Collective bargaining was conducted on a civil, courteous and professional manner and both parties demonstrated a willingness to consider proposals from the other and to compromise in order to reach agreement” said Allan Chabot, Chief Negotiator for the City.  “I would like to thank all bargaining team members for the good spirit that was demonstrated around the bargaining table.”

Media Contact:

Mayor Neil Menard
Tel: 250-378-8612
email: nmenard@merritt.ca

Kevin Vilac, CUPE Local 900
Tel: 250-315-3752
email: kvilac@merritt.ca