Some 600 technical workers at Telus, affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have voted 91.7 per cent in favour of an agreement in principle reached on November 8 with their employer. Working throughout Quebec, the technical staff voted on their new contract at meetings held across the province. Two-thirds of unionized workers voted in secret ballots on the new labour contract between November 19 and 28.,
The main issue under negotiation was compensation, with the new agreement providing for salary increases of 3 per cent in 2012 and 2 per cent annually from 2013 through 2016 inclusive. A performance-based system for salary increases is also to be implemented starting in 2014.
The wage top-up for maternity leave was also increased from 75 to 95 per cent for expectant mothers.
Lastly, the parties also resolved several major items that had been outstanding for several years, including the use of subcontractors and issues relating to union certification.
The new collective agreement remains in effect through March 31, 2017.
The union negotiating committee stated that it was “very satisfied with the gains made during the negotiation process”.
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