City, Library and CUPE unions ratify collective agreements

GUELPH, ON, April 23, 2012 – At a meeting this evening, Guelph City Council voted unanimously to ratify new collective agreements for Guelph’s outside, office and library employees.

Guelph City Council was the last party to ratify the agreements as the Guelph Public Library Board and all three CUPE bargaining units held ratification votes last week.

“We value and appreciate the work of our employees in delivering City programs and services,” said Mark Amorosi, the City’s executive director of corporate and human resources. “We thank our employees, our union executives and our Ministry of Labour-appointed mediator for working together to agree on settlements that are affordable for taxpayers and provide fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.”

All three CUPE bargaining units will receive a wage increase of 1.9 per cent per year from 2012 to 2014 and a two per cent increase in 2015. Extended health care benefits have also been modified to make CUPE benefit packages more consistent with those of other City employee groups.

Members CUPE Locals 241 and 1946 will now have the same short-term disability benefits as CUPE 973 members and other employees across the organization.

The City has accounted for all financial impacts associated with the new collective agreements in its 2012 operating budget.

The agreements take effect immediately. In June, once the agreements are formally signed by all parties, the documents will be available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/labourrelations.

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.