City of Greater Sudbury officials say they are pleased the municipality’s unionized workers have accepted new, four-year contracts.
“I, along with council and the City of Greater Sudbury, are very pleased that CUPE members have ratified the collective bargaining agreements,” Mayor Brian Bigger said in a release. “We are confident that the agreements continue to improve services to residents, while meeting the needs of our employees.
“Thank you to our CUPE bargaining unit partners for working with us to continue the delivery of quality public service to residents in a financially sustainable, responsible manner. Thank you also to our team of negotiators for their hard work.”
According to the city, highlights of the deal include:
- A four-year agreement with page hikes of 1.7 per cent in 2019, 1.7 per cent in 2020, 1.6 per cent in 2021 and 1.5 per cent in 2022).
- Improved delivery of winter road maintenance, better response to broken and frozen water mains, and more preventative maintenance through additional full-time staff. This results in a reduction of contracted services and overtime hours, and provides more reliable service to residents.
- Increased flexibility in work hour schedules in service areas such as roads, winter road maintenance, distribution and collection, construction services, transit and fleet, 311 and bylaw enforcement. The city said this will lead to better service, increased community safety and additional investment in long-term asset management.
- Improvements to employee benefits, particularly in mental health services, to better support employees in front-line and first-responder roles, such as paramedic and social services.
Officials said the contracts reflect “the significant contributions the city’s unionized workforce makes in the delivery of services and in building trust with residents. It also reflects council’s strategic priorities for sustainable services that meet the needs of the community.
“These agreements represent a significant step forward in the relationship between CUPE and the city,” said Joanne Kelly, director of human resources and organizational development for the city.
“In any relationship between an employer and a union, there will be disagreements and contractual issues to resolve. When we encounter these situations, we deal with them respectfully using an agreed process.
“These most recent agreements demonstrate that CUPE and the City of Greater Sudbury can collaborate to resource the services that matter most to residents.”
CUPE 4705 consists of more than 1,400 full and part-time inside and outside unit employees.
The inside unit represents workers who perform office, clerical, technical, leisure programming, transit, library, museum, paramedical and social services work.
The outside unit represents workers who perform mechanical, roads, parks and recreation, building maintenance, water/wastewater, and airport firefighting and maintenance work.