Inside and outside workers with the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-La-Merci in the Lanaudière Region  have a new contract, which was ratified by representatives of both parties.

“These negotiations were productive and respectful. Only a few sessions were required to reach a satisfactory agreement,” said CUPE representative Martin Forest.

Some of the negotiated improvements include a wage hike of 15% over five years with a possible raise to 16% based on CPI figures during the last two years of the collective agreement and an enhanced contribution by the municipality to the employees’ RRSP.

The parties also agreed on an increase in the number of hours for union leave to allow for joint committee meetings. Several premiums were added, particularly those relating to team leaders, stand-by duty and cell phones.

The collective agreement also includes the creation of three new duties for outside workers and two for inside workers.