Members of CUPE 122, with the City of North Bay, have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement. The tentative agreement was reached last week after multiple bargaining days, and has already been ratified by North Bay City Council.

“We were really pleased to be able to recommend this deal to our members,” said Brian Phillips, president of Local 122. “It is fair to our members, who are on the front lines delivering high quality public services every day. It’s also fair to the residents of North Bay, who’ve told us repeatedly how they rely on those services and want to see them maintained and improved.”

The three-year deal includes annual wage increases of 1.5 per cent. It also includes some non-monetary improvements to working conditions, such as posting of overtime in all departments, more notice for shift changes, new language on a “return to work” protocol, and an improvement to bereavement leave provisions.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the City of North Bay on making this a great city for all,” said Michel Revelin, CUPE National Representative.

Local 122 represents roughly 300 members, in departments as diverse as roads, parks, transit, the waste transfer station, water and wastewater, city hall administration, and much more. This deal does not include North Bay library workers, who are also represented by CUPE 122.