CUPE workers settle new contract

Union employees have reached a new agreement with the City of Trail, after working without a contract for one year.

Union employees have reached a new agreement with the City of Trail, after working without a contract for one year.

The new Collective Agreement was ratified last week for 112 members of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 2087, and is retroactive to March 1, 2015.

Terms of the five-year contract include a 2 per cent wage increase annually as well as improvements to extended health benefits and contract language.

“The city is pleased the negotiations have concluded successfully, providing certainty in the provision of municipal services in the coming years,” said Coun. Robert Cacchioni, council’s representative on the city’s bargaining committee.

“Overall, we are happy the agreement reflects fairness for the employees and is respectful to the city’s taxpayers.

“We are also confident this agreement will ensure a positive working environment and relationship for the city and its unionized employees.”

Trail council approved the terms on Wednesday and the CUPE bargaining unit endorsed the agreement the following day.

“I’d like to thank the bargaining committee and staff representative for their hard work in reaching this deal,” said CUPE President Jean Poole.

“We had a productive and respectful round of bargaining and we look forward to serving residents and businesses in the City of Trail.”