North Bay, Ont., municipal workers ratify new collective agreement

Deal includes changes to overtime, shift changes and other non-monetary provisions

Members of CUPE 122 in the City of North Bay, Ont., have ratified a new collective agreement.

The tentative agreement was reached last week after multiple bargaining days and has already been ratified by North Bay City Council.

“We were really pleased to be able to recommend this deal to our members,” said Brian Phillips, president of Local 122. “It is fair to our members, who are on the front lines delivering high quality public services every day.”

The three-year deal includes annual wage increases of 1.5 per cent. It also includes some non-monetary improvements to working conditions, such as posting of overtime in all departments, more notice for shift changes, new language on a “return to work” protocol and an improvement to bereavement leave provisions, according to the union.

Local 122 represents roughly 300 members, in departments as diverse as roads, parks, transit, the waste transfer station, water and wastewater, city hall administration, and much more. This deal does not include North Bay library workers, who are also represented by CUPE 122, said the union.

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