Lorraine, Quebec – Civilian employees of the Thérèse-de-Blainville Intermunicipal Police Board (CUPE Local 4708) have endorsed a new collective agreement. At a general meeting, 76.9 per cent voted by secret ballot in favour of adoption. The agreement in principal reached on May 27 will apply for a period of five years, from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013.
Wage increases for each of the five years are as follows: 2 per cent; 2.5 per cent; from 2.5 to 3 per cent depending on the CPI; between 2.5 and 3 per cent depending on the CPI; and 3 per cent. The union also secured premiums for evening and night work, in addition to improving the premium for holidays and Christmas.
Other gains include the improvement of the union representation structure (release time) and clarification of the clause on the assignment of overtime. The employees were also able to retain their say on the composition of the teams of 911 operators.
“Initially, our game plan was centred on payments to the pension plan. Along the way, as we saw that the employer was not open to this issue, we tried to obtain a maximum of other gains. In the final outcome, our members consider the offer to be satisfactory and have committed themselves to it until 2014. So all’s well that ends well,” noted CUPE representative Martin Larose.
The Civilian Employees Union of the Thérèse-de-Blainville Intermunicipal Police Board (CUPE Local 4708) has approximately forty members, mostly 911 operators and office staff.
For more information:
Martin Larose, CUPE Representative, mobile: 514 884-6635
Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, mobile: 438 882-3756