Unionized workers at the Théâtre du cuivre (CUPE 4331), operated by the municipality of Rouyn-Noranda, signed a new collective agreement this past Tuesday and now have a labour contract in place through December 2021.

We were very pleased with the negotiation process as it took only a single meeting to resolve all issues,” reported CUPE representative Marjolaine Boutin. “Workers will be getting an average pay increase of 2.7% per year.”

The local represents Théâtre du cuivre employees including assistant technicians, communications officers and technician helpers.

In addition to the pay provisions, the new six-year contract adjusts the work schedule for tearing down after shows as well as conditions governing layoff and callback for events.

The previous collective agreement had expired on December 31, 2015.

With more than 110,000 members, CUPE-Quebec represents approximately 70% of all municipal employees in Quebec, or 31,600 members. CUPE is also active in a broad range of sectors, including health and social services, communications, education, energy, Quebec government corporations and public agencies, air transportation, public transit, the mixed sector and universities.