At a general meeting of the white-collar workers of the Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal (Montreal Housing and DevelopmentCorporation), represented by the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (CUPE-FTQ), a new collective agreement was approved by a vote of 62 per cent. This sealed the agreement in principle concluded by the parties on November 29, 2011.
In addition to a guaranteed annual wage increase of two percent from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014, the agreement increases the car allowance, raises income replacement during parental leave from 90 per cent to 100 per cent, and improves the bumping clause.
“We are pleased with the outcome of the vote,” said CUPE-FTQ President, Monique Côté. “Even more so as we managed to establish a pension plan with defined benefits (the RRFS-FTQ) that will ensure a decent retirement for our members.” Côté acknowledged the excellent work of Mario Sabourin, vice-president in charge of the file, and José Carufel, CUPE union representative, who were treated with respect by the employer throughout the negotiations.