UPDATE: City, CUPE 363 finalize new city staff contract

Updated Mar. 16 to include additional information, figures and interview with new CAO Tim Palmer

The City of Revelstoke and union city staff have agreed to a new collective agreement that will see wage increases of 1.25 per cent in the first two contract years and 1.5 per cent in the last two years of the four-year contract.

CUPE 363 ratified the agreement on Mar. 5 followed by the city on Mar. 8. The new agreement covers from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2013.

“I’m extremely happy with this co-operative partnership with CUPE,” mayor David Raven said in a joint statement from the union and the City of Revelstoke.

“Although this agreement took a long time to finalize, the process was very positive,” said CUPE 363 president Jesse Adam. “This was a constructive, joint effort in problem solving that has created even better labour relations. We look forward to continuing to provide Revelstoke residents with quality public services.”

Negotiations on the new contract lasted about 14 months. New City of Revelstoke Chief Administrative Officer Tim Palmer told the Times Review the negotiations involved an extensive restructuring of the collective agreement, and that the negotiations took place in a cooperative environment.

“It’s a really great relationship with the union we’ve created. There’s an environment of cooperation on both sides that is very exciting for the community,” Palmer said in an interview. “It’s a very cooperative approach that we’re taking on labour relations, and I’m really looking forward to working with all the employees of this city in the coming months and years.”

Palmer believes this spirit of cooperation will result in an increased level of service.

The cost of the wage increase for the city totals $56,500 in 2010, $57,250 in 2011, $69,500 in 2012 and $70,500 in 2013. This includes an addition for fringe benefits.

City finance director Graham Inglis said other benefit increases are expected to cost about $10,000 per year. Sick leave entitlement will total $11,000 to $12,000 per year if fully utilized.

The contract was negotiated in part by former city parks and recreation director Alan Chell. His fees to the city in 2010 for the negotiations was $15,570.

The approximately 85 union staff members affected by the contract negotiations perform a wide variety of services including snow removal, road maintenance, parks and recreation work, sewer services, water services, garbage collection, building inspections, finance duties and engineering and planning staff, amongst others.


Just Posted

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Revelstoke makes list of “coolest ski towns”

Comes in at number two on the Matador Network list of 21

Search at Silver Creek property enters third day

A portion of the property has been cordoned off with black landscaping fabric

Man in custody linked to Silver Creek property search

Police are not saying how this search is related to Curtis Wayne Sagmoen’s current criminal charges

Debate heats up over fire protection

Revelstoke and regional district at odds over fire suppression agreement

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Symphony trumpets in new season

Kamloops Symphony makes first appearance of the 2017-18 season in Salmon Arm

Column: Back to the land in the 21st century

By Jim Cooperman, Observer columnist There is a slowly growing movement back… Continue reading

Most Read