City and Library reach tentative agreements with CUPE unions

GUELPH, ON, April 10, 2012 – The City of Guelph, the Guelph Public Library and CUPE locals 241, 973 and 1946 have reached tentative collective agreements for Guelph’s outside, office and library employees.

“We’re very pleased to reach these agreements without any disruption to City programs and services.” said Mark Amorosi, Guelph’s executive director of corporate and human resources. “We want to thank the unions and our Ministry of Labour-appointed mediator for working together to negotiate affordable settlements that protect taxpayers’ interests and provide fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.”

The City began negotiations with its CUPE unions last fall and requested the help of a Ministry of Labour-appointed mediator to reach settlements for all three CUPE unions. The details of the settlements will not be released until the unions, the Guelph Public Library Board and Guelph City Council vote to ratify the tentative agreements.

The unions and the Guelph Public Library Board will hold ratification votes over the coming weeks, and City Council will hold the final ratification vote on Monday, April 23.

About the Unions

The City employs full-time and regular part-time positions in each of the CUPE bargaining units. CUPE 241 represents Guelph’s 345 full-time and regular part-time outside employees. CUPE 973 represents 228 full-time and regular part-time office employees and CUPE 1946 represents 129 full-time and regular part-time library employees. All CUPE collective agreements expired January 31.