Mount Royal, October 5, 2009 – The Town of Mount Royal and its blue-collar workers have reached an agreement in principle for the renewal of the Collective Labour Agreement that expired on June 30, 2006.
Town Council approved the agreement in principle at a special meeting that was held on October 2 at 16:00. The agreement must still be ratified by the general assembly of the Union for the blue-collar workers in Montreal (CUPE 301) within the next few days.
The agreement in principle expires on December 31, 2014, and affects 66 permanent and temporary employees. It also permits the hiring of students for the summer of 2010.
The new Labour Agreement will focus on increasing productivity in the Town’s operations, in part, by increasing the work week from 36 to 38 hours, or to 40 hours depending on the employee category. Furthermore, the methods used to assign duties during seasonal operations will favour the grooming of workers to take over key Public Works positions in the future.
« Negotiations took place in an atmosphere that was positive and favourable for both sides » commented Mount Royal mayor Vera Danyluk. « We are very happy to be able to announce to our citizens that thanks to this long-term agreement, the Town of Mount Royal will maintain and improve its ability to provide them with quality services while at the same time respecting their ability to pay » said a delighted Mrs. Danyluk.
The agreement follows the signing of a new five-year Collective Agreement with the Town’s white-collar union members.