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Hamilton After sitting in Mayor Bob Wade’s waiting room for five hours, executive members of CUPE 5167 won a firm commitment for a decision on a wage increase for city workers.

“We’ve been denied the opportunity to negotiate a collective agreement on behalf of our members since amalgamation,” said CUPE 5167 President Gus Oliveira. “Our members are tired of waiting and watching their incomes fall behind.”

The union, which represents more than 2,000 outside and inside workers, asked in December for council to approve a voluntary 3% wage increase. Non-union municipal employees have already received an increase.

“Council has been dithering over the decision,” Oliveira said. “When we got to City Hall this morning and saw that the issue was not on the agenda once again, we decided we would stay put.”

After about five hours, the union received word that council will vote conclusively on the issue at its February 18 meeting.

“It means another wait,” Oliveira said, “but now there is an end in sight.”


For more information, contact:
Gus Oliveira, President, CUPE 5167
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-616-6142 (cell)