Mayor Graydon Smith confirmed today that the terms of a new five-year Collective Agreement between the Town of Bracebridge and the Ontario Union of Public Employees (OPSEU) Local 305 have been ratified by Town Council.
OPSEU Local 305 represents approximately 43 full-time and casual staff working in a variety of operational, recreation programming, clerical, administrative and technical positions throughout the Corporation.
The new agreement will replace the one that expired on May 31, 2016. The new collective agreement will run from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2021.
The tentative settlement was reached on November 23, 2016 and was ratified during voting by the Union on December 6, 2016.
Mayor Smith recognized the thorough and professional approach that was adopted by the Union during the negotiations. “OPSEU represented their members well while understanding the fiscal challenges of the municipality and our taxpayers”, said Smith. “I’m pleased that an agreement was reached which is fair and reasonable for both the Town and Union members.”
As a member of the negotiating committee, Deputy Mayor Maloney indicated that “the new agreement is the result of a focused and collaborative effort by both negotiating teams. This agreement introduces benefit cost containment, includes fair wage adjustments and provides labour stability for the parties for the foreseeable future.”
The settlement provides for a wage increase of 1.5% on June 1 in the years 2016, 2017 and 2018, with 1.6% on June 1, 2019 and 1.7% on June 1, 2020. The settlement also provides for cost containment on dental benefit coverage that continues to provide competitive benefits for staff while realizing long-term savings for the community.