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(Peel) CUPE Local 831, City of Brampton employees, today filed a grievance with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, seeking a 22 per cent improvement in wages. Their claim is that the city is not honouring a letter of understanding attached to the collective agreement.

The letter of understanding, signed on June 20, 1999, states that in the event that another employee group of the Corporation receives an across-the-board increase to job rate greater than that negotiated by CUPE, Local 831, the difference will be applied to CUPE, Local 831 on the date the difference takes effect for the other employee group.

CUPE National Representative Ralph Carnovale says, This collective agreement is the result of a long and bitter strike. Part of the settlement was this letter of understanding which promises CUPE 831 employees of the City of Brampton that they will receive increases in compensation matching those of others on the City of Brampton payroll.”

I certainly feel that these workers are every bit as deserving of this increase as are the members of city council.”

The city tells me that since city councillors are elected officials, they are not employees. That is an interesting disctinction to make, given that the city has also stated that councillors wages are pegged to a specific employee category, Carnovale concludes.


Neil Walker, Communications Representative
416-292-3999 ext 222

Ralph Carnvale, National Representative