Muskoka To-DAILY

Gravenhurst town inside workers ratify 5 per cent raise by end of 2020

GRAVENHURST — Labour peace reigns at the Town of Gravenhurst, after inside workers ratified a new contract with a five per cent raise over the next four years.

At Tuesday’s town council meeting, Mayor Paisley Donaldson said in a release council was “pleased to approve” the collective bargaining ratification between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 325, Office Clerical and Technical Inside Workers and the Corporation of the Town of Gravenhurst.

The deal follows talks which began April 10 and ended May 31st with a ratification vote amongst members.

“I am very pleased that we could reach a positive outcome,” said CAO Glen B. Davies.

“This four year agreement strikes a fair balance for the Inside Workers, the Town and the taxpayers. It helps provide clarity and certainty in the collective agreement and will position the Town to continue providing excellent service levels for some time,” Davies explained. “I’d like to personally thank the entire OPSEU bargaining team for all of their hard work.”

Highlights include;

  • A four (4) year term, ending December 31, 2020, with wage grid enhancements that will offer salary increases of 1.25% in each year of the agreement;
  • Creation of new lay-off language that describes the process to be applied in the event of lay-offs;
  • Increased flexibility in scheduling of hours over more positions, allowing increased service levels for key functions and activities;
  • Creation of an annual rolling, 40 hour cap on excess hours and overtime banks;
  • Creation of an annual Health and Wellness spending account;
  • New language in the Collective Agreement that will provide clarity for ease of reference and administration.

The inside workers CBA between the town and OPSEU, Local 325, expired Dec. 31, 2016. Following 3 bargaining sessions, each party signed a tentative Memorandum of Settlement on May 10, 2017.

“We look forward to continued open dialogue and a strong partnership with our Inside Workers as we all work towards providing quality and affordable services to our community,” concluded Davies in the town’s release Wednesday.

Outside workers previously settled.

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