City and CUPE unions ratify collective agreements

 

Guelph, Ont., April 11, 2016 – At a meeting this evening, Guelph City Council voted unanimously to ratify new collective agreements for Guelph’s outside and office workers. Ratification will go to the Library Board of Directors on April 19, 2016. All three Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals 241, 973 and 1946 held ratification votes last week.

“We value and appreciate the work of our employees, and are pleased to reach these agreements without any disruption to City programs and services,” said David Godwaldt, Guelph’s general manager of human resources. “We want to thank the bargaining teams for working together to negotiate affordable settlements that protect citizens’ interests and provide fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.”

Members of all three CUPE locals will receive a wage increase over the four-year contact — 1.5 per cent per year in 2016 and in 2017, and 1.6 per cent per year in 2018 and 2019. The agreements also allow for flexibility to ensure the City continues to provide residents with excellent programs and services.

The City has accounted for the immediate financial impacts associated with the new collective agreements in its 2016 operating budget.

The agreements take effect immediately. The documents will be available at guelph.ca once all parties have signed the agreements.

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 full-time and regular part-time outside employees. CUPE 973 represents full-time and regular part-time office employees and CUPE 1946 represents full-time and regular part-time library employees.

For more information

David Godwaldt
General Manager, Human Resources
Corporate Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2846
david.godwaldt@guelph.ca

Steven Kraft
Chief Executive Officer
Guelph Public Library
519-824-6220 extension 224
skraft@guelphpl.ca

Misty Gagne
President
CUPE Local 241
519-826-9515
president@cupelocal241.ca

David Gooch
President
CUPE Local 973
519-242-4324
davidgcupe973@hotmail.com

Thomas Brenndorfer
President
CUPE Local 1946
519-836-2764
tmbrenn@outlook.com