Category Archives: Labour relations

City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement

November 20, 2017

The agreement takes effect immediately. More information will be available on guelph.ca once both parties have signed the agreement. Continue reading City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement


City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement

November 6, 2017

GUELPH, ON, November 6, 2017 — The City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189, representing the City’s full- and part-time transit employees, have reached a tentative collective agreement. “We’re pleased to reach this agreement without any disruption to City transit services,” said David Godwaldt, Guelph’s general manager of Human Resources. “We want to thank the union for working with us to negotiate an affordable settlement that protects taxpayers’ interests and provides fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.” Details of the settlement will not be released until the union and Guelph City Council vote to ratify the tentative agreement. The agreement goes to City Council for ratification on November 13, and the union will hold a ratification vote on November 19. “During… Continue reading City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement


City asks for a judicial review on fire interest arbitration award

March 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 6, 2017 — On February 21, 2017, the City of Guelph received the board’s decision on the interest arbitration between the City and the Guelph Professional Fire Fighters Association (GPFFA). The arbitrator awarded Guelph firefighters a 7.47 per cent increase in wages over three years (2.75% for 2015, 2.47% for 2016, and 2.25% in 2017), as well as a 1.99 per cent increase in benefits. The City respects the arbitration board’s authority to render its award, but the law provides that judicial review of an arbitral award is available in the appropriate circumstances. The City has reviewed the award and believes that this is an appropriate case to apply to the court for judicial review of the arbitral award. “Our application for… Continue reading City asks for a judicial review on fire interest arbitration award


Fire Service arbitration hearing is open to the public

October 4, 2016

The City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association head into interest arbitration. Arbitration hearing is open to the public. Continue reading Fire Service arbitration hearing is open to the public


City and paramedics head into arbitration

July 6, 2016

The City and OPSEU bargaining teams are at an impasse with a number of issues still on the table including wages and modernizing collective agreement language. Continue reading City and paramedics head into arbitration


Conciliator called into City and OPSEU negotiations

May 30, 2016

Guelph, Ont., May 30, 2016 – Today the City of Guelph received confirmation that the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 231, the union representing Guelph’s part- and full-time paramedics,  has filed for conciliation with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. “Our paramedics play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of our community and we are committed to reaching an agreement that is fair and recognizes their contributions,” said David Godwaldt, general manager Human Resources for the City. “As with all our employee groups, a negotiated settlement needs to be affordable and allow for greater efficiency in the delivery of valuable City services.” The City and OPSEU will return to the collective bargaining table once a conciliator has been appointed by the Minister… Continue reading Conciliator called into City and OPSEU negotiations


City and CUPE unions ratify collective agreements

April 11, 2016

  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… Continue reading City and CUPE unions ratify collective agreements


City and Library reach tentative agreements with CUPE unions

April 3, 2016

The City of Guelph, the Guelph Public Library and CUPE locals 241, 973 and 1946 have reached tentative collective agreements for Guelph’s outside, inside and library employees. Continue reading City and Library reach tentative agreements with CUPE unions


CUPE, representing City workers, files for “no board”

March 24, 2016

During a meeting earlier today between City of Guelph and CUPE locals 241, 973 and 1946, CUPE requested a “no board” report be filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Continue reading CUPE, representing City workers, files for “no board”


City continues negotiations with paramedics’ union 

February 23, 2016

Guelph, Ont., February 23, 2016 – Collective bargaining continues on February 24, 25 and 26 between the City and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 231 representing the City’s paramedics. The City values the important work paramedics do, and aims to negotiate an agreement that is fair to its employees, affordable for Guelph citizens, and aligns with other City employee groups’ contracts. Community safety is a priority; ambulance services will not be affected during contract negotiations. The contract for Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services’ 157 full- and part-time paramedics ended in March 2015. Updates on the contract negotiations will be posted on guelph.ca/opseu. For more information David Godwaldt General Manager, Human Resources 519-822-1260, extension 2848 david.godwaldt@guelph.ca


City and CUPE set additional negotiation dates

February 17, 2016

Guelph, Ont., February 17, 2016 – The City of Guelph and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals 241, 973 and 1946, representing outside, office and library city employees, continue to work to reach a collective agreement. Both the City and CUPE bargaining teams have agreed to meet on February 18, 19 and March 1 to discuss agreements for locals 241 and 973, and on Saturday, February 20 to talk about the local 1946 agreement. The City is committed to working with CUPE to reach a collective agreement that is fair for employees, reasonable and affordable for citizens, and aligns with settlements of other unionized employee groups. Regular updates will be posted online at guelph.ca/cupe. For more information David Godwaldt General Manager, Human Resources City… Continue reading City and CUPE set additional negotiation dates


City and CUPE negotiations start this Friday

February 3, 2016

Guelph, Ont., February 3, 2016 – The City of Guelph and CUPE locals 241, 973 and 1946, representing outside, office and library city workers, head to the table to start negotiations this Friday, February 5. City staff received direction and the bargaining mandate from Council on January 25, 2016. The City is committed to working with CUPE to reach a collective agreement that is fair for the employees, reasonable and affordable for citizens, and aligns with settlements of other unionized employee groups. Eight additional dates for negotiations have been presented to CUPE, but have not yet been confirmed. Regular updates will be posted online at guelph.ca/cupe. For more information David Godwaldt General Manager, Human Resources Corporate Services 519-822-1260, ext. 2848 David.Godwaldt@guelph.ca


City to start contract negotiations with CUPE

January 25, 2016

Guelph, Ont., January 25, 2016 – Collective bargaining will start between the City and its  two Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals, 241 and 973 representing the City’s full- and part-time outside and office employees. Earlier this evening, Council provided the City’s negotiating team with its collective bargaining mandate that directs staff to negotiate contracts that are fair for City employees whose work we value every day, reasonable and affordable for our citizens and recognizes the City’s capacity to pay, and aligns with settlements of other unionized employee groups. The City will also negotiate on behalf of CUPE Local 1946 representing the library employees. The City will continue to provide exceptional programs and services to all citizens during negotiations. The contracts for 345 outside… Continue reading City to start contract negotiations with CUPE


Council ratifies agreement with IATSE

December 14, 2015

This evening, Guelph City Council voted to ratify a three-year collective agreement for the City’s part-time theatre stage employees, represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) LOCAL 357. Continue reading Council ratifies agreement with IATSE


Accomplished municipal leader rejoins City as interim Solid Waste Resources manager

December 9, 2015

Guelph, ON, December 9, 2015 – The City of Guelph’s former manager of Wastewater Services, Cam Walsh, rejoins the City as the interim manager of Solid Waste Services. “Cam’s an accomplished leader in the municipal sector; his legacy of optimizing efficient operations at Guelph’s wastewater treatment facility continues to be of value to us today,” said Scott Stewart, the City’s Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. “Walsh has a successful track record managing a City facility with high legislative environmental compliance needs and direct experience working collaboratively with a broad range of municipal stakeholders.” Cam Walsh led a team of 50 City staff at Guelph’s wastewater treatment facility from 2005 to 2011, worked in private sector consulting in the water and wastewater treatment field, and… Continue reading Accomplished municipal leader rejoins City as interim Solid Waste Resources manager


City and IATSE reach tentative agreement

December 1, 2015

Guelph, Ont., December 1, 2015 — This afternoon the City and the City’s part-time theatre stage employees, represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) LOCAL 357, reached a tentative three-year collective agreement. Details of the agreement, to be dated January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017, will be released after it is ratified by IATSE members on December 13 and by City Council on December 14, 2015. “The City was committed throughout the negotiations to reach a settlement that is fair to Guelph’s theatre stage employees and affordable for Guelph taxpayers,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of Human Resources. “We value the work of our employees and are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement quickly.” Contract negotiations for… Continue reading City and IATSE reach tentative agreement


City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees

October 14, 2015

Collective bargaining will start this month between the City and two of its union groups. Continue reading City to start contract negotiations with paramedics, theatre stage employees


Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees

October 14, 2015

Council’s bargaining mandate directs staff to negotiate contracts that are fair to our employees—whose work we value every day, reasonable and affordable for our taxpayers, and within the City’s capacity to pay. Continue reading Mayor’s Statement: negotiating with our paramedics and theatrical stage employees