St. Catharines – Municipal workers in the Niagara Region have ratified a new collective agreement with an overwhelming vote of 92.3%. The 732 workers are represented by CUPE Local 1287, and they have been in negotiations for several months.
“We made major gains in this new agreement,” said Donna Felder, CUPE National Representative. “Our members will get a 3% wage increase in each year of a three-year contract, which is consistent with many municipal workers across Ontario. They will also see key vacation and benefit improvements. This includes benefits for part-time workers for the first time - a significant victory.”
CUPE Local 1287 represents both “inside” and “outside” workers in St. Catharines, including child care workers, clerks, social service workers, roads and transportation crews, and water and wastewater workers.
CUPE represents 180,000 working women and men in Ontario, many of whom work in the municipal, education, and health care sectors.
For more information:
Donna Felder, CUPE National Representative,
416-292-3999, or 416-708-5152 (cell)
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications,
416-292-3999, or 416-738-4329 (cell)