Red Deer city council ratifies collective agreement

A vast majority of City of Red Deer employees will see their wages increase three per cent in 2012 and again in 2013 and 2014.

A vast majority of City of Red Deer employees will see their wages increase three per cent in 2012 and again in 2013 and 2014.

Red Deer city council ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 417, on Monday.

The city will increase wage rates for their 981 CUPE employees by three per cent retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, three per cent in 2013 and three per cent in 2014.

CUPE members previously ratified the agreement last Wednesday.

The agreement is effective Jan. 1, 2012 and runs until Dec. 31, 2014.

Human Resources director Kristy Svoboda said the two parties met over eight days of bargaining.

This deal affects a wide range of employees, from labourers to clerical workers and those who work in the city’s recreational facilities.

This is the largest union within the City of Red Deer.

In other council news:

l a new access was approved for Southpointe Junction to be built on the west side of Taylor Drive on Red Deer’s south end

l Coun. Frank Wong issued a notice of motion on dandelion control

l The city will discuss solar-ready homes within the larger context of re-establishing design parameters of new residential developments

l discount fares will continue for Donald School of Business students on a year-to-year basis.

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