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Sept-Iles, Friday, December 2, 2005

The 66 outside workers employed by the City of Sept-Iles will have a new collective agreement. At their General Meeting on Wednesday evening, 84% of the municipal workers voted in favor of the proposed settlement. The City Council also accepted the same agreement at noon yesterday. The signing of the new collective agreement will take place before Christmas.

The main points of the agreement

The new outside workers’ contract provides the following wage increases: 2.5% on October 1, 2003, 2% on October 1, 2004, 2.5% and wage relativity on October 1, 2005, 2.5% on October 1, 2006, 2.5% on October 1, 2007. The contract also provides raises to various bonuses, an amendment to the definition of contributory wages to the pension plan (defined payments), the addition of a banking clause, and a clause on the sharing of surpluses in the plan.

In addition, the City has committed itself to setting up a job evaluation committee in 2006.

The bargaining for this agreement began in February 2005 and ended in the presence of a conciliator.


CUPE represents about 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec. In addition to the municipal sector, CUPE is present in 10 other sectors of activity in Quebec, among them health and social services, education, urban transit, air transport, hydroelectricity, Quebec state enterprises and public agencies, and communications. With almost 100,000 members in Quebec, it is the largest trade union affiliate in the QFL.

This release and other information can be found on our web site: www.scfp.qc.ca