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The City of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville’s white-collar workers in Quebec voted 90 per cent in favour of their new collective agreement at a general assembly on November 23. The unionized workers struck a satisfactory five-year agreement covering the period from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2011.

The stalemate was broken when the City finally agreed to leave the workers’ pension plan with the group of demerged cities of Longueuil (Boucherville, Brossard, Saint-Lambert, and Saint‑Bruno‑de‑Montarville).

Saint-Bruno’s white-collar workers had a collective agreement that needed a serious overhaul, which is exactly what we managed to get so that we are happy. The City is sending a positive message to employees by granting them the conditions they need to better serve the public,” stated Daniel Duval, president of CUPE Local 306.

Among the new negotiated clauses, are salary increases of 2.5 per cent over the first three years and of 2.25 per cent over the last two. As a result of pay equity, a new salary structure will be built (retroactive to 2007). Floating holidays, annual vacation, sick days, and weekend work premiums were also adjusted.

CUPE Local 306 representatives will meet with city officials on Friday, November 26 to sign the new collective agreement.

All of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville’s approximately 75 white-collar workers are members of CUPE Local 306. They work in the public service sector as librarians, technicians, administrative clerks, building inspectors, recreation attendants, customer service representatives and secretaries.