The union representing the employees of Quebec City’s municipal housing office, the Office municipal d’habitation de Québec, is pleased to announce the signing of two collective agreements with the employer. Some one hundred manual and office workers had been without a contract since July 2010.
After prolonged negotiations, the two sides reached agreements in principle on both contracts. They were endorsed by the members at a meeting on July 5, where manual workers voted 75 per cent in favour of the agreement and office workers voted 93 per cent in favour of their agreement.
The gains for union members include the addition of several permanent positions, better working conditions for temporary employees, and five days of compassionate leave for all employees when there is the death in the family.
The employees also obtained a lump sum of 500 dollars for the period from July to December 2010, which represents an average of about 2 per cent of their salary. The salary increases are 2 per cent for 2011, 35 cents an hour for 2012, 1.75 per cent for 2013, and 2 per cent for 2014.
“In this round of negotiations, with the support of all our members, we managed to preserve what we had already achieved and to obtain very satisfactory additional gains,” said the president of CUPE 2441, France Gagnon. Both agreements are for a period of four and a half years and will end December 31, 2014.