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Pincher Creek A new agreement has been reached between members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 927 and the Town after getting back to the table and hammering out their concerns.

After months of negotiations and threatened strike action, the members voted to accept the Towns wage offer when they met our concerns on the benefit package, said CUPE national representative Bev Norman. We have a much better package than the one the Town was pushing prior to our last meeting, she said.

Both CUPE 927, representing the town employees, and the Town of Pincher Creek have now ratified the agreement. In August the members of CUPE 927 had voted to take strike action after attempts to resolve the bargaining dispute with a provincial mediator had failed.

The new benefit package will be 80 per cent paid by the employer up from a 50 per cent split previously offered. The biggest concern was the cost of the new plan and out of pocket expenses on prescription drugs. We are pleased that the Town met our concerns and has adopted a new policy to assist employees with high drug costs, said Norman.

The new agreement also provides for a 6 per cent wage increase over 3 years and a $150.00 signing bonus.


CUPE is Canada’s largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPEs 31,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE website for more information cupealberta.ab.ca

For further information:
Pam Beattie, CUPE Communications
(780) 484-7644 or (780) 288-1230 (cellular)
Bev Norman, CUPE National Representative
(403) 331-9056