New agreement for Municipality and CUPE

Fort McMurray, AB – (April 9, 2014) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and the Canadian Union of Public  Employees (CUPE) Local 1505 have reached a new four-year collective agreement.

The agreement was accepted unanimously by Regional Council at the April 8 Council meeting, and is for the term of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017. Included in the agreement is a general wage increase of three percent per year.

“I am very pleased that we have come to a timely agreement in this round of negotiations,” said the Municipality’s Labour and Employee Relations Manager Robert Kirby. “This agreement offers the Municipality stability in our labour force and ensures continued quality service for our residents.”

“The positive and collaborative demeanor of the Municipality at the bargaining table this year was refreshing and will set a path of productive labour relations in the future,” said CUPE National Representative Steve Stringfellow.  “We look forward to the ongoing relationship and working together to create a better Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.”

Seventy-six percent of the nearly three quarters of CUPE members who cast a ballot voted in favour of the agreement.

The previous agreement expired December 31, 2013.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

Robert Kirby

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