November 6, 2014
Dalhousie, NB – The Town of Dalhousie and CUPE Local 188 signed a new 5 year collective agreement today. Highlights of the new agreement, effective January 1, 2014 through to December 31, 2018 are:
• Progressively transform the Dalhousie Fire Department from a combined full-time/on call organisation to a paid-on-call department with no full-time firefighters. The transition will take a year and a half.
• Wage and benefits increases that are within cost of living adjustments and below the provincial average, specifically 9% over 5 years.
• Introduction of a lower wage rate for new labour and Class B driver employees that requires three years of continuous service before earning the full salary for those positions.
• Increased flexibility in the Recreation Department to better partner with volunteer organisations to host activities and events.
• Ability to implement technological change, and clarity on the rights of employees in the case of such technological change.
• Stronger consequences for employees with DUI convictions.
• Other administrative wording changes to clarify and modernise the language of the Collective Agreement.
“We are pleased to have been able to come to an agreement with CUPE Local 188 through these negotiations that reflects the Town’s new reality.” stated Mayor Tremblay. “With the agreed-to changes, the Town will avoid approximately $300,000 in expenses over the next four years.”
The Town of Dalhousie was hard hit by multiple industrial closures since 2008 and is still adjusting to the change. The Town plans to continue implementing cost-saving measures such as reducing power use and increasing operational efficiency to keep expenses under control.
Town of Dalhousie - Clem Tremblay, Mayor, 684-7600