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HAMILTON – Municipal workers are the winners in an Ontario Labour Relations Board order that deals with the city’s restructuring, representation issues and related matters, said CUPE 5167 President Gus Oliveira.

“With these issues resolved through an agreement of all the parties, we can get back to the real job of labour unions – negotiating good agreements for our members and defending their rights in the workplace,” Oliveira said.

The leader of the city’s largest union, representing more than 2,000 inside and outside workers, said he is particularly pleased that the order includes wage increases retroactive to April 2001.

“We have been pushing city council to address the issue of an increase for our members since last December,” Oliveira said. “It wasn’t fair to make employees fall behind while the city worked through its amalgamation and restructuring processes.” Under the order, as well, the pay rates for CUPE 5167 members wages are harmonized effective January 1, 2003.

With the representation issues resolved after a long and complex process, CUPE 5167 can now focus on bargaining a collective agreement for all members employed by the City of Hamilton, he said.

For more information, contact:
Gus Oliveira, President
CUPE 5167
905-517-4105 (cell)

Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-292-3999 ext 222