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Témiscaming, QCAt a general meeting held yesterday, the Town of Témiscaming’s five blue-collar workers unanimously accepted a new five-year collective agreement covering the period from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2015. The Témiscaming town council had approved the agreement earlier this week. The official signing ceremony is planned for the week of August 29.

The agreement includes a 12 per cent wage increase over five years. The union also negotiated improvements to vacations and the emergency on-call allowance. Also, temporary employees working exclusively in snow removal now have on-call priority.

Negotiations were harmonious and effective. The two parties are going to improve working conditions for the blue-collar workers while keeping within the financial means of the Town, which is affected by the crisis in the forestry sector,” said Alain Anglehart, advisor to CUPE Local 1910.

CUPE represents about 70 per cent of all municipal employees in Quebec, totalling 31,100 members.

For more information:                    

Alain Anglehart, CUPE Representative, 819-333-7156 (cell)

Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, 438-882-3756 (cell)