Jul 11, 2019

Lévis, Que, municipal workers ratify tentative agreement

Collective agreement
New clauses for work-life balance part of deal: CUPE

About 850 white-collar workers with the Municipality of Lévis, Que., voted 70 per cent in favour of a tentative agreement on July 8.

They had been without a collective agreement since Dec. 31, 2018, said the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The new five-year agreement calls for wage increases that both parties find satisfactory. In addition, working hours were increased from 32.5 to 35 hours a week for 70 per cent of the employees to better serve citizens, said the union.

The agreement also called for an improvement of clauses dealing with work-life balance and makes temporary employees eligible for fringe benefits, said CUPE.

This tentative agreement required 30 meetings by both parties, said the union.

“Proceedings took place in a very respectful atmosphere, and we believe we reached a win-win agreement,” said Isabelle Émond, CUPE president.
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