By Lethbridge Herald on June 22, 2015.
City council voted today to ratify a new four-year collective agreement between the City of Lethbridge and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 70, which represents 672 city employees.
The agreement, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, includes wage increases for unionized employees of two per cent at the beginning of 2015 and 2016, 2.5 per cent at the beginning of 2017 and 2018 and an additional 0.5 per cent wage increase on July 1, 2018. The CUPE agreement covers 452 permanent employees, who will also receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $500 each, and 220 non-permanent employees, who will each receive a one-time payment of $200.
â€œThis agreement is fair to our valued front-line employees as well as the Lethbridge residents they serve,â€ said Mayor Chris Spearman, in a city press release. â€œIt is aligned with city councilâ€™s budget and financial plan for this term and provides labour stability for the city during a period of economic uncertainty in Alberta.â€
Non-union administrative employees will receive wage increases of two per cent on July 1, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016 as well as 2.5-per-cent at the beginning of 2017 and 2018.