City of Red Deer electrical workers get small raises in 2019 and 2020

City and IBEW union ratified a two-year contract

The City of Red Deer has ratified a two-year contract giving modest wage increases to unionized municipal electrical workers.

On Monday, city council accepted a mediator’s recommended terms of settlement and ratified a two-year collective agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 254.

The two parties met over seven days of bargaining and one day of mediation. The agreement was reached Monday, and is effective from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2020.

The City of Red Deer will increase the wages of about 45 employees by one per cent retroactive to January, and then two per cent in January 2020.

Both parties are satisfied the contract meets current and future needs.

“The two-year agreement will assist in maintaining stability in the relationship into the future,” said Kristy Svoboda, human resources director for the city.

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