Cable guys ratify with enthusiasm

New agreement comes after two-year delay
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/14/2011

The collective agreement between Cogeco Cable and the Canadian Union of Public Employees was long in coming. It was ratified nearly two years after the previous agreement expired. But, when it arrived, it was relatively generous in its terms.

The wage increases for the first two years are not retroactive, though the equivalent is provided in lump sums, and they are not compounded. But, at three per cent and 2.5 per cent, they are relatively high.

According to Alain Richard, CUPE union rep, the increases are justified. His members “put their shoulders to the wheel when things were tough and worked a lot of overtime these last couple of years.”