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.