City Reaches Agreement with Civic Centre Staff
Written by Administrator on October 28, 2014
“I am very pleased we were able to quickly reach an agreement with the staff at the Centre,” said Mayor Pender. “The City took over operations of the Centre on 1 September, 2014 and we are anxious to bring about changes to the facility. With this agreement in place we are well positioned to work with our employees at the Centre to maximize activity at the facility. As a Council, and a new operator, it was important to quickly reach this agreement. According to our officials, the negotiations ran very smoothly and we are able to quickly reach an agreement that was fair, and affordable. We thank the employees of the Centre for their commitment and desire to reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial to all parties. Negotiations with the Centre staff commenced on October 14, 2014 and a tentative agreement was reached by October 21, 2014.”
The Union ratified the agreement on October 28, 2014 and Corner Brook City Council ratified the agreement on xxx, 2014. The current agreement is for a fifty one (51) month period and covers the period for October 1, 2013 to December 31 2017. In accordance with the MOU we have with Grenfell Campus, retroactive pay from the period October 1, 2013 to September 1, 2014 will be the responsibility of the former operator.
Under the new agreement most employees at the Centre will receive a wage increase of $2.50 over the term of the agreement. The workers will also receive a one-time ratification payment of $500 per full time employees.
According to Mayor Pender, “Council is very pleased with the collective agreement reached with the staff of the Civic Centre. We look forward to a continued positive working relationship and spirit of collaboration with Centre staff that we have witnessed since taking over the operations of the complex”.