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After lengthy negotiations, the Syndicat des fonctionnaires municipaux de Montréal (CUPE-FTQ), which represents, among others, around 300 white-collar employees of the City of Pointe-Claire, is proud to sign a brand-new collective agreement. The new contract, which received 83 percent approval from members at a specialmeeting on May 25, guarantees salary increases of 19.25 percent for the period from July 1, 2006, to December 31, 2015. These increases may be more generous starting in 2013 because of the CPI indexation clause negotiated.

The union also obtained major improvements in the pension plan, retroactive to 1990, and new measures favorable to work-life balance, such as a time management pilot project. Major advances were also made on wages for casual employees. From now on, all of the latter will be subject to the same standard clauses as their permanent colleagues, and around sixty of them will obtain full wage parity.

This negotiated agreement puts an end to the round of negotiations launched by the reconstitution of the 15 cities that chose to de-amalgamate on January 1, 2006. Pointe-Claire is the last of those cities to come to an agreement with its employees.

We are proud of the result, which is largely due to the determination of our members. They have remained united all these years, confident that they would negotiate an agreement,” declared the president, Monique Côté. “Now we want to start a new chapter of healthy, productive labour relations in the interest not only of our members but of the taxpayers as well,” Ms. Côté continued. The president also congratulated the members of the negotiating committee, Mario Sabourin, the Vice President assigned to the negotiations, and CUPE advisors Luce Charbonneau and Bruno Tremblay, on their excellent work and their perseverance.