The head of communications, Gord Young, told BayToday that the contract will be published: “The contract has yet to be signed, but the documents will be available on that date.” Council announced that it had voted in favour of enabling the Mayor and the OAC to enter into a new collective agreement with CUPE Local 122-1, which represents 278 employees in the City of North Bay. CUPE 122 also represents public library staff working under a separate agreement. CANMORE – Top firefighters in Canmore will earn $100,792 in 2018 under a new three-year agreement approved by Council on May 7. “I would like to thank the members of the negotiating team who worked together to reach a fair agreement for both employees and the people of the City of North Bay,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “This five-year contract comes at a difficult time and will ensure that service continues to be delivered to the community safely and without interruption.” “Negotiations began in January 2018 and after a series of formal meetings and several informal discussions, we agreed with the union on April 3,” Rogers said. Station #1 on the north side of the river on Milligan Drive features a crew of main and municipal firefighters who react in the city and in the surrounding MD of Foothills. At least three full-time firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “We didn`t agree, but we weren`t dissatisfied and that`s something I`m really trying to infuse with everything we do. It is normal to disagree, and you should often do so, but do not be disagreeable, and both sides have really been able to maintain that level of discourse, and we have been able to find common ground on all points to reach this negotiated agreement of which we are very satisfied.
Mayor John Borrowman thanked the administration for reaching a three-year agreement without having to resort to arbitration. This is a five-year contract between the municipal workers and the city. The agreement is retroactive to January 1 of this year and runs until December 31, 2024. Rates are for first-class firefighters to increase their salaries by 2.2% in 2018 and by an additional 2% in 2019 and 2020. The terms of the collective agreement apply from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020. The collective agreement includes wage increases of 1.6 per cent for 2020, 0.6 per cent in 2021 and 2022, 1.5 per cent in 2023 and 1.75 wage increases in 2024. This corresponds to a 6% pay increase over the five years of the agreement. Firefighters have been deployed without a treaty since December 31, 2017 and unanimously ratified the agreement on April 15. “A freely negotiated collective agreement is the exception rather than the norm within the province, so we are really proud of our union team and our administration for being able to withdraw this,” Rogers said, adding that the City had never had to resort to arbitration to reach an agreement.