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The new collective agreement reached on July 4, between the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (SFMM, CUPE 249) and the City of Montreal marks the beginning of a new labour contract for Beaconsfield’s librarians. The workers —who were without a collective agreement since 2006 —now belong to the biggest union in Quebec’s municipal sector, with over 10,000 members.

Among the major gains is a salary adjustment in line with employee group 11 under the Beaconsfield white-collar workers’ collective agreement, and from now on, all provisions will apply to librairans. The agreement also stipulates that the said salary adjustment is retroactive to January 1, 2012.

Another victory for library workers in Beaconsfield is that with this new collective agreement comes the resolution of all grievances filed in 2011. In return, a lump sum payment will be made to members depending on pay increment dates and on their yearly statutory increase.

In addition, workers will gain the power to set schedules, along with their manager, in order to set limits of one evening shift a week and one weekend day shift a month. They will also receive evening and weekend shift premiums retroactive to January 1, 2012.

The library workers —who voted unanimously in favour of the agreement—were welcomed with open arms by SFMM President Alain Fugère. “The fact that they showed an interest in us speaks volumes about our expertise, resources, and our strength in numbers,” he said.