CUPE and City of Belleville reach new collective agreement



    Ratified agreement goes to Council August 11 for official approval

    BELLEVILLE, ON, July 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The City of Belleville and its
municipal workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE)-907, have reached a new collective agreement covering the next three
years.
    "We are pleased to jointly announce that both sides have ratified the new
contract for Belleville's municipal workers," says Krista Cowan, President of
CUPE 907. "We're proud of the services we deliver, and we are pleased that we
have created a better understanding of the importance of the public municipal
services that CUPE members provide to our community."
    Mayor Neil Ellis welcomed the new agreement, and congratulated both sides
for the hard work at the bargaining table.
    "This new agreement is a good deal for taxpayers and a fair deal for CUPE
members," says Mayor Ellis. "We have a stronger agreement, a clearer
agreement, and I'm pleased with the work we've done and believe Belleville is
better for it."
    The contract will go into force following City Council's official
adoption of it at Council's next meeting, August 11.
    Highlights include annual wage increases of 2.75 per cent over three
years, improved benefit provisions and increases in some shift premiums and
mileage rates that employees incur. Sick leave language was made clearer, and
the two sides created a better process for the return-to-work for injured or
disabled employees.
    The new agreement is greatly strengthened by better language pertaining
to any potential contracting out of public services. Both sides have agreed to
a much clearer process to discuss any potential changes in the way the city
operates.
    With the ratification by CUPE members tonight, the next step is official
adoption by the City at its Council meeting, August 11, usually a formality.
    "We look forward to seeing this agreement put into force at Council's
meeting on August 11, and to continuing to build our great city," says
Mayor Ellis.

    CUPE 907 represents the workers of Public Works, Parks and Recreation,
City Administration and the Water and Sewer department of the City of
Belleville.




For further information:

For further information: Krista Cowan, President, CUPE 907, cell (613)
921-2040; David Robbins, CUPE Communications, cell (613) 878-1431; John
Martin, Director of Human Resources, City of Belleville, (613) 967-3200 ext
3235; Mayor Neil Ellis, (613) 967-3267

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