The City of Castlegar and CUPE 2262 have reached a new three-year agreement.
CUPE 2262 represents approximately 45 workers who provide public community services for residents and businesses in the City.
The three-year deal provides wage increases of 4.75% in 2023, 4% in 2024, and 3.25% in 2025. It also includes expanded health and wellness benefits.
Other key improvements include improvements to vacation time for long-tenured employees, more flexibility when caring for families, and an increase in summer and co-operative education students.
“We worked with CUPE to find an agreement that is fair to our employees and our taxpayers who are both facing affordability challenges,” says City of Castlegar Chief Administrative Officer, Chris Barlow. “We believe the new agreement respects our employees, recognizes the pressures currently being felt by families, and ensures uninterrupted public services for the community.”
“Our members love serving the community they work and live in, but equally need to be able to support themselves and their families amid a rapidly rising cost of living,” says CUPE 2262 President Dustin LePage. “Although we did experience some bumps along the way, we feel that the relationship between the parties has grown stronger through bargaining, leaving us better able to work together for the benefit of the community.”