Unions come to terms

The City of Penticton has come to terms on new contracts with two of its unions.

The city announced late Thursday afternoon it had reached five year deals with both IBEW Local 213, its electrical utility employees and CUPE Local 608, its municipal employees.

The deal with the IBEW gives electrical utility workers two per cent increases over each of the five years of the agreement.

“This is a fair agreement providing stability over a longer period while making the City competitive when recruiting and retaining skilled employees," says Mayor, Garry Litke of the agreement.

IBEW Local 213 represents municipal workers who serve the Penticton community through the Electric Utility by providing electrical service connections to residential, commercial and industrial customers, as well as installing and maintaining the power distribution, streetlight and traffic signal systems.

The agreement was ratified by union members on Thursday, Aug. 28.

The deal with the city's municipal workers also runs for a five year term.

The agreement gives municipal employees a two per cent increase in 2014, followed by 1.5 per cent in 2015, 1.6 per cent in 2016, 1.75 per cent in 2017 and 2 per cent in 2018.

The agreement also contains adjustments for classifications where it has been more challenging to recruit and retain employees.

“This agreement is for five years, ensuring stability in municipal services over a longer term. Recruitment and retention of skilled employees was taken into account, in addition to fiscal responsibility – yielding a fair agreement for both parties," says Litke.

CUPE Local 608 represents municipal workers who serve the Penticton community by providing healthy drinking water, safe sanitation systems, reliable roads and underground infrastructure, inclusive recreation programs and facilities, engaging park experiences, financial accounting, online technology and support to local business and the development community.

The agreement was ratified by union members on Wednesday, Sept. 3.



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