City negotiates agreement with CUPE

The City of Penticton and CUPE Local 608 have reached a negotiated collective agreement with municipal employees.

“The City is very pleased to have successfully negotiated a collaborative contract with CUPE Local 608, which represents our largest employee group,” said Mayor Garry Litke. “This agreement is for five years, ensuring stability in municipal services over a longer term. Recruitment and retention of skilled employees was taken into account, in addition to fiscal responsibility – yielding a fair agreement for both parties.”

The five-year agreement calls for a two per cent increase in 2014, followed by 1.5 per cent in 2015, 1.6 per cent in 2016, 1.75 per cent in 2017 and 2 per cent in 2018. The agreement also contains adjustments for classifications where it has been more challenging to recruit and retain employees.

CUPE Local 608 represents municipal workers who serve the Penticton community by providing healthy drinking water, safe sanitation systems, reliable roads and underground infrastructure, inclusive recreation programs and facilities, engaging park experiences, financial accounting, online technology and support to local business and the development community.

The agreement was ratified by union members on Wednesday, Sept. 3.