The Town of Conception Bay South has signed a collective agreement with union employees of CUPE Local 3034 at the public Council meeting. 

“We are thrilled to announce that we have been able to reach a new collective agreement with our Union. Our focus throughout the bargaining process was on ensuring a measure of financial stability for the Town and our taxpayers, while at the same acknowledging the hard work of our Union employees and renewing a spirit of cooperation in labour relations. Two priorities of the negotiations were financial stability and enhanced snow clearing. I am happy to report that we have been able to accomplish both of these things through a respectful and productive process,” said Mayor French.

“CUPE Local 3034, which represents the bargaining unit for the Town of Conception Bay South, has signed a new collective agreement with the Town of Conception Bay South. We believe it is a fair agreement for both parties for another four years and we look forward to continue working with The Town,” said Terri-Lynn Cooper, President, CUPE Local 3034.

The new collective agreement will come into effect on January 1, 2019. Highlights include:

• Four year wage increase agreement of 0.5%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 2%;

• Public Works staff to be scheduled on call during the snow clearing season (November 1 – April 15) and $45 per eight hour shift;

• Ability for year-round, emergency, on-call for significant events, such as forecasted hurricanes or public safety issues

• Signing incentive of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for remaining employees

“One of the most common concerns that we hear as Council is to improve snow clearing and this agreement allows us to enhance this important service. Council is appreciative that our workforce, both management and CUPE Local 3034, take great pride in providing exceptional core services to our residents. It’s a critical component in our goal of making Conception Bay South the community of choice in this province,” said Mayor French. “I would like to thank both teams for their dedication and cooperation in coming to a successful bargaining agreement.”