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Malartic, Quebec – Malartic’s municipal council has approved the tentative agreements reached last week between the municipality and both blue- and white-collar workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPEFTQ). The municipality’s 25 or so unionized workers had already accepted these new labour agreements last Wednesday in two separate general assemblies.

The new five-year contracts award annual salary increases of 2.5 per cent, 2.5 per cent, 3 per cent, 2.5 per cent, and 2.5 per cent, to both blue- and white-collar workers. The new collective agreements start on November 13, 2010, and expire on November 12, 2015.

The blue-collar workers’ agreement gives employees even more benefits, including better weekend and snow removal premiums. In addition, temporary employees will be eligible for full-time positions with full recognition of seniority.

Meanwhile, white-collar workers managed to get a revision of the provisions regarding loss of seniority.

From now on, both groups of workers will see their sick-leave banks set up at the beginning of each year.

Malartic’s blue-collar workers are members of CUPE Local 335, and the white-collar workers, part of CUPE Local 4224.