Edmundston ratifies contract with employees
EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — Negotiations between the municipal administration and the union representing the majority of municipal employees resulted in a five-year agreement.
The new contract gives employees an average annual wage increase of 2.25 percent for the duration of the contract. Since the last contract expired in December 2018, employees will receive a retroactive increase for 2019.
“We are convinced that this agreement is fair for both parties,” said Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard.
As in any negotiation, both parties had to make concessions. For City Council, it was imperative to ensure that the wages and benefits of municipal employees were similar to those generally found on the labour market. Thus, the municipality’s offer was made using comparable data from municipalities similar in size and services. In addition, Council wanted more flexibility in shifts, which was accepted by employees.
“We thank the employees for their excellent cooperation throughout the negotiations. Their strong majority vote demonstrates the spirit of collaboration and understanding between the two parties,” concluded Mayor Simard.
This new agreement extends from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2023.