Municipality workers in East Ferris ratify significant wage increases and COLA adjustment

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July 21, 2023

Local 175 members at the Corporation of the Municipality of East Ferris ratified a three-year agreement on May 5, 2023. We were able to achieve significant wage increase for the members of 21% over 3.5 years starting with a 12% increase for all classifications at date of ratification.

These contract negotiations commenced six months early by mutual consent and members will receive 3% at the expiry and 3% at the next two anniversaries. Increases are also subject to a new Cost of Living Adjustment which could result in further gains of up to 2% per year based on inflation.

Other improvements include:

  • Vacation entitlement increases to 5.5 weeks after 15 years and 6 weeks after 20 years.
  • The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be added to the list of holidays.
  • Seven days of paid bereavement for close family.
  • Premium pay for some classifications when obtaining special certification.
  • On call pay for Public Works team.
  • Paid lunch for Parks and Recreation when workers unable to leave the facility.

Union negotiating committee: Dominic Coote and Darren Palmer. Union representative: Richard Eberhardt.

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