A new collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Ponoka and its unionized employees includes a 13.5 per cent pay increase over the next three years, with a seven per cent increase in the first year alone.
Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees local 118/004 ratified the agreement on Thursday.
The three-year deal includes a seven per cent increase in the first year, followed by a three per cent increase and then a 3.5 per cent increase.
“This employer was a pleasure to deal with from the start of negotiations,” said Ken Curtell, AUPE negotiator. “The town is very supportive of its employees and grateful of the work staff do for the community. That’s reflected in this agreement.”