Two CUPE locals signed their new collective agreements, with Mayor Sylvain Juneau and City Manager Robert Doré in attendance.

CUPE 4795, representing public works blue-collar workers, and CUPE 2621, representing recreation supervisors, renewed their respective collective agreements, which had expired on December 31, 2015.  

The new collective agreements with the City of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures will be in effect for seven years.

“By signing onto an industrial peace for such a lengthy period, employees of both locals have agreed to give city administrators the necessary tools to redress the financial situation, without having to worry about labour contracts,” said CUPE union representative Benoit Gosselin. 

“The negotiations were held in an atmosphere of transparency and direct and frank exchange. We have demonstrated that there is absolutely no need for the Couillard Government’s Bill 24 (Bill 110) regulating collective bargaining in the municipal sector,” noted the union representative. 

CUPE represents about 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec, totalling 31,600 members. CUPE is also present in the following sectors: health and social services, communications, education, universities, energy, government corporations and public agencies, urban and air transport, and the mixed sector.