A tentative agreement was ratified by 85 per cent of Bois-des-Filion employees at a general meeting on Tuesday. Among other things, they wanted to make up the wage gap of close to 30 per cent with their counterparts in nearby cities and towns of comparable size.
“Mission accomplished! The collective agreement calls for wage increases, including wage catch-up of between 25 per cent and 40 per cent depending on the position over the duration of the agreement,” declared Maxime Valade, a union representative of CUPE Quebec.
The new seven-year contract runs from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2026. Members of CUPE 4922 had exercised several pressure tactics in order to achieve a satisfactory agreement.
“We are very proud of the solidarity displayed by our members throughout these negotiations that took place over the past two years, consisting of sixteen sessions, five of which were virtual with the assistance of a mediator,” explained Valade.
Other gains included an increase in certain premiums and a 4½-day schedule throughout the year. Members will also benefit by joining the (FTQ member-funded pension plan (RRFSA-FTQ), which is accompanied by an improved employer contribution and the establishment of an employment floor. Pay disparities between job statuses were eliminated with respect to vacations, statutory holidays and overtime.