Following a series of collective bargaining meetings, the City of Sarnia and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Locals 153, 2713 and 3690 are pleased to announce the successful ratification of three new collective agreements.

As well as annual wage increases to all classifications and some housekeeping changes, the parties are confident that the terms of the new collective agreements will serve to address the needs of staff and increase operational efficiency and effectiveness to ensure consistent and valued service provision to the citizens of Sarnia. 

“We are pleased to finalize a three-year contract with our CUPE employees that is fair and equitable to citizens, recognizes our worker’s value, but also balances the present economic uncertainty that we are facing due to the pandemic.

Council appreciates the collaborative efforts of both bargaining teams, which led to reaching these reasoned collective agreements. This deal maintains our strong relationship and shows how committed we all are to doing our very best for the City of Sarnia.

Council values the outstanding work that our employees contribute, both behind the scenes and on our front lines to serve our residents and keep the City moving,” says Mayor Mike Bradley.

A joint statement by Jim Bigras, President CUPE Local 153, Jorge Paiva, President CUPE Local 2713, and Doug Downie, President CUPE Local 3690, said, “This was a tough round of bargaining, but through collaborative efforts of both bargaining teams, we are pleased to have reached a fair three-year agreement that helps us maintain the quality of public services in Sarnia. It’s important that we invest in our community, and that means providing quality jobs to the people who deliver vital services. We appreciate that the City of Sarnia recognized that too in this round of bargaining.”

The term of each of the three collective agreements is three years, beginning January 1, 2021, and expiring December 31, 2023.  The settlement provides for wage increases totalling 4.95% over the three years of the contract:

  • 1.6% on January 1, 2021
  • 1.6% on January 1, 2022
  • 1.75% on January 1, 2023

In the coming weeks, the union executive and members of the Human Resources team will be working to communicate changes to the agreements to all staff.

Both the union and management bargaining teams are looking forward to maintaining and fostering continued positive labour relations.

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For further information, please contact:

David Logan, General Manager, Corporate Services