Rogers stated that the two parties exchanged contract proposals in January 2018 and that the agreement approved by the Council was reached following several productive meetings with the International Association of Firefighters – Local 4705. Local 122 President Brent Lavigne confirms the agreement and says the reason for the 0.6% pay cut in 2021-22 is “to offset increases in our benefit package and an increase in hours for our directors.” Rates are for first-class firefighters to increase their salaries by 2.2% in 2018 and by an additional 2% in 2019 and 2020. CUPE Local 122-1 members ratified the agreement earlier this month. The union represents approximately 300 members in municipal services, including roads, parks, transit, waste management station, water and wastewater, and city hall administration. “I would like to thank the members of the negotiating team who worked together to reach a fair agreement for both employees and the people of the City of North Bay,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “This five-year contract comes at a difficult time and will ensure that service continues to be delivered to the community safely and without interruption.” This is a five-year contract between the municipal workers and the city. The agreement is retroactive to January 1 of this year and runs until December 31, 2024. Mayor John Borrowman thanked the administration for reaching a three-year agreement without having to resort to arbitration. The collective agreement includes wage increases of 1.6 per cent for 2020, 0.6 per cent in 2021 and 2022, 1.5 per cent in 2023 and 1.75 wage increases in 2024. This corresponds to a 6% pay increase over the five years of the agreement.
CANMORE – Top firefighters in Canmore will earn $100,792 in 2018 under a new three-year agreement approved by Council on May 7. Council announced that it had voted in favour of enabling the Mayor and the OAC to enter into a new collective agreement with CUPE Local 122-1, which represents 278 employees in the City of North Bay. CUPE 122 also represents public library staff working under a separate agreement. The terms of the collective agreement apply from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. Firefighters have been on duty without a contract since December 31, 2017 and unanimously ratified the agreement on April 15 of this year. “Negotiations began in January 2018 and after a series of formal meetings and several informal discussions, we agreed with the union on April 3,” Rogers said. “We didn`t agree, but we weren`t dissatisfied and that`s something I`m really trying to infuse with everything we do. It is normal to disagree, and you should often do so, but do not be disagreeable, and both sides have really been able to maintain that level of discourse, and we have been able to find common ground on all points to reach this negotiated agreement of which we are very satisfied. The head of communications, Gord Young, told BayToday that the contract will be published: “The contract has yet to be signed, but the documents will be available on that date. Station #1 on the north side of the river on Milligan Drive has a crew of main and municipal firefighters who respond in the city and in the surrounding MD of Foothills.
At least three full-time firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “A freely negotiated collective agreement is the exception rather than the norm within the province, so we are really proud of our union team and our administration for being able to withdraw this,” Rogers said, adding that the City had never had to resort to arbitration to reach an agreement. Fire Chief Walter Gahler said he was pleased with the agreement. Fire Station No. 1132 Milligan DriveOkotoks, AB403-938-4066 North Bay City Council members came from a Tuesday night camera session with news on the municipal work front. According to CUPE, the old three-year contract ran until the end of 2019 and included annual wage increases of 1.5 per cent, plus non-monetary improvements in working conditions, such as the sending of overtime in all services, more evidence of turnover and a