Members of CUPE 9 have voted by an 82 per cent margin to ratify a new collective agreement with the City of Moose Jaw.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by both parties on March 12, 2020. City Council will be holding their ratification vote at their June 15, 2020 council meeting.

“We are very pleased to have reached a deal with the City of Moose Jaw. Our members are proud of the services we provide to the residents of Moose Jaw,” said Mark Stevenson, acting president of CUPE 9. “This round of bargaining was very respectful, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Employer.”

The four-year agreement sees new provisions for domestic violence leave, expands bereavement leave to include Indigenous elders, implements start date seniority, and creates a joint job evaluation process to move towards pay equity. It also includes a staggered removal of the two-tier wage structure for students and brings the wages of those employees in line with regular starting wages.

The agreement is in place from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022, and includes the following wage increase, as well as improvements to health and dental premiums, and shift differential:

January 1, 2019      1.25%
January 1, 2020      1.5%
January 1, 2021      1.5%
January 1, 2022      1.75%

CUPE 9 represents dedicated city staff, who deliver high quality and efficient services to the residents of Moose Jaw.