Municipal employees in Joliette, Que., reach second collective agreement

Deal includes two per cent wage hikes in each of six years: CUPE
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 12/20/2018
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Other gains in this round of negotiations include a 4.5 day full-year week and a pilot project on flexible schedules, said the union. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

The 24 employees of the Joliette Regional County Municipality (RCM) — which includes about 10 cities in Quebec’s Lanaudière region — in Joliette, Que., ratified their second collective agreement in their history. 

The new agreement was signed on Dec. 14, after workers unanimously ratified the agreement in November, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Their new agreement includes wage increases of two per cent annually from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2024. The deal also includes a mandatory group RRSP for all regular employees, with a possible quick move over to the member funded pension plan, said the union.

“In June 2017, the RCM brought its adapted transit and public transit administrative services back in house, making 14 previously non-unionized employees our members. We had to innovate in several ways to deal with the wage variances among the 24 members, which were relatively significant,” said Annie Maheu, president of CUPE, Local 5215.

Other gains in this round of negotiations include a 4.5 day full-year week and a pilot project on flexible schedules, said the union.

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