The Ville de Lachute has reached a new, five-year agreement with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2211, which represents municipal blue-collar workers. The collective agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2020, and is in effect until December 31, 2024.
The signing of the agreement comes following negotiations which addressed concerns over the adjustment of normative clauses, employment statuses and staffing, which the town wanted to modify in order to make the agreement more adapted to municipal operations and services to citizens.
The agreement provides for an average salary increase of 2.4 per cent for the duration of the contract. The agreement also provides for the establishment of a training program for heavy machinery operators, along with harmonization of probation hours and employee testing.
“The members are satisfied with the agreement, which is beneficial to both parties,” said Local 2211 President François Paradis.
“It is with satisfaction that we proceed to the signing of the collective agreement,” said Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin. “The new agreement was negotiated in good faith and in a spirit of openness by both parties and demonstrates the employer’s commitment to providing responsible working conditions which aim to offer the best possible service to our citizens.”
Lachute council unanimously approved the agreement when it met on June 7. Municipal Director-General Benoît Gravel also commented that negotiations went well and there was a good spirit of collaboration.