The mayor and several city councillors and administrative staff will go to the Union of BC Municipalities Conference to advocate for Prince Rupert’s most important issues. (File Photo)

The mayor and several city councillors and administrative staff will go to the Union of BC Municipalities Conference to advocate for Prince Rupert’s most important issues. (File Photo)

$200,000 increase for city workers

The City of Prince Rupert and CUPE 105 signed the new four-year agreement on Dec. 4

Union staff will get a two per cent wage increase annually for the next four years — approximately $200,000 each year.

“This increase is standard among union contracts for similarly-sized municipalities,” city communications manager Veronika Stewart said in an email.

The City of Prince Rupert and CUPE 105 signed a new collective agreement that reflects the rate of inflation and cost of living. The agreement was approved in a closed council meeting on Dec. 4 and announced at the Dec. 11 public meeting.

“Management has worked hard with the union to reach an agreement that both parties can be happy with,” Mayor Lee Brain said in a press release. “This new collective agreement gives both parties greater financial certainty for the next four years.”

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Language in the agreement was also changed to clarify several clauses in the document.

Speaking on behalf of CUPE 105, union president Rick Gilker said in the press release: “I am happy we have a collectively bargained agreement, which comes into effect January 1st, 2018. There’s a little bit for everyone in this agreement.”

The previous agreement was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

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