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City of Williams Lake, union ratify new 4-year agreement

A new collective agreement has been ratified for unionized workers for the city of Williams Lake.
Williams Lake city hall.

Praise from both sides followed the announcement of a new, four-year collective agreement ratified for unionized workers for the city of Williams Lake. 

The settlement, announced Friday, June 7, provides for wage increases totaling 16.25 per cent over the four years of the contract (5.75 per cent, 4.5 per cent, 3 per cent, 3 per cent).

"The City recognized that wage adjustments in the previous five-year agreement fell short compared to the actual rate of the consumer price index (CPI) by 6.71 per cent and in good faith acknowledged that amount in the new agreement," noted a news release.

The collective bargaining process was completed in two days. The new agreement will start on July 1, 2024 and expire June 30, 2028.

“It gave IUOE Local 882 a tremendous amount of pride being able to work with the City and its officials to collaborate and craft one of the best agreements to date with the City. Both sides should be proud of the results and the opportunity to strengthen their ties and commitments to their employees and make them a top employer,” said Haemant Sawh, IUOE Local 882 business manager and president.

Ashley Williston, director of human resources for the city said they have worked hard to build a strong working relationship with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882-B over the years, "and this process reflects our trust and mutual respect for each other."

“Both parties were able to have meaningful discussion and find solutions that were mutually agreeable.”

Gary Muraca, the city's chief administrative officer, said the city appreciates the dedication and hard work of all the employees and the value they provide to the community.

“I am extremely pleased that both parties were able to come to the table and reach a fair agreement quickly. The successful collective bargaining process is a testament to the relationship the City has with the Union, and reflects employee morale and the positive work environment fostered at the City. Council has been updated throughout the process, and the success of this agreement is reflective of Council’s commitment to fostering a healthy, inclusive and respectful workplace as outlined in their Strategic Plan.”

Unionized workers with the Cariboo Regional District are entering their fifth week on strike, while Gibraltar Mine unionized members went on strike last week.




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