Cornwall and CUPE Local 3251 have tentative contract agreement


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This article has been updated to add information on the status of other City of Cornwall employee collective agreements.

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Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3251 working for the City of Cornwall no longer face an end-of-day Sunday lockout or strike deadline, after a tentative agreement was reached. been concluded on their contract.

CUPE Local 3251 represents the so-called inside workers, approximately 160 employees who work in positions at City Hall, recreation facilities, water and sewer treatment plants, as well as housing and social services.

CUPE’s provincial office has confirmed the draft settlement, but noted that no information is yet available on when its members will vote on the proposed contract. The city’s statement said a city council meeting will be held as soon as possible, where council members will consider details of the tentative agreement behind closed doors.

The agreement, once ratified, would remain in effect until September 30, 2025 (a four-year agreement).

After the city pulled out of the bargaining table during the week of July 4, members of Local 3251 took part in a rally outside the civic complex ahead of a council meeting scheduled for July 11. During and after the rally, CUPE suggested one of the sticking points in the bargaining was the city’s attempt to change the way employees are scheduled.

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The union has agreed that its members will not strike and the city has agreed that it will not lock out Local 3251 employees while each side considers and votes on the deal. Once both parties have signed the tentative agreement, each is free to disclose details of its changes.

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Assuming the union and the city sign, it would avoid industrial action for internal workers, but it would only be the second collective agreement renewal in 2022 between Cornwall employees represented by CUPE.

The contract for CUPE Local 5423, representing employees of the Cornwall Public Library, has already been ratified by members and the Cornwall Public Library Board. The renewed agreement expires at the end of 2024.

An update provided by CUPE last week said negotiations over deals for Glen Stor Dun Lodge staff in Local 1792 and so-called outside workers represented by Local 234 had hardly begun. ; that status was confirmed in an email on Friday by Cornwall’s general manager of corporate services, Geoff Clarke. These contracts expired on March 31, 2021.

CUPE also previously said Cornwall-SDG paramedics from Local 5734 exchanged initial bargaining proposals, but no further discussions took place. This contract expired on September 30, 2021.

Cornwall’s collective agreement with the Ontario Nurses Association for Glen Stor Dun Lodge expires March 31, 2023, and its agreement with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 946 for Cornwall Transit expires March 31, 2023. December 31st.

The most recent agreement with the Cornwall Professional Firefighters Association expired on December 31, 2019.


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