For Immediate Release: May 17, 2017
New Collective Agreement Reached between the Town of Sackville and CUPE Local 1188
SACKVILLE, NB – The Town of Sackville and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1188 (CUPE 1188) have reached a new six-year collective agreement effective May 16, 2017. The parties commenced bargaining in the winter of 2016 and reached a tentative agreement on May 5, 2017. The agreement has been approved by Sackville Town Council and CUPE Local 1188.
The six-year agreement affects all Town CUPE 1188 workers and covers the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2021. While the agreement covers a wide variety of terms and conditions of employment, some of the highlights of the revised agreement include:
- The term of the agreement is 6-years for the period of 2016-2021, which replaces the previous 5-year agreement.
- It provides for a wage increase of 8% over the six-year period (1.0 % in 2016, 1.0% in 2017, 1.0% in 2018, 1.5% in 2019, 1.5% in 2020 and 2.0% in 2021).
- It also provides for several incremental wage adjustments to address wage parity within the organization as well as to enable greater flexibility in scheduling.
- Seniority provisions in the collective agreement remain unchanged, as the Town agreed to withdraw its proposed language to limit the seniority provision on future temporary employees.
- The Town will seek other ways to attract, hire and manage a qualified and productive workforce to deliver high quality programs and services to our residents.
- The revised agreement provides for other increases on such provisions as clothing and tool allowances, etc.
“With this recent round of collective bargaining, the Town was committed to reaching a fair, reasonable collective agreement,” said Mayor John Higham. “I wish to congratulate the members of both negotiating teams for their achievements in reaching this agreement and I am very pleased that we have come to terms on a new agreement that is reasonable for Town employees, and affordable for our citizens. The six-year agreement positions the Town well to further develop and maintain long term fiscal sustainability.”
“I am confident that we have reached an agreement that is fair, and I am happy that a settlement could be reached at the bargaining table,” said CAO Phil Handrahan. “As employees, we can now get on with what we do best, which is delivering programs and services for our citizens. I would like to thank our employees and residents for their patience and understanding.”
For further information on the new collective agreement, or for media inquiries, please contact Phil Handrahan, CAO at 364-4930.