December 21, 2004

York Region and CUPE Local 905 ratify contract on new three-year collective agreement

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York and CUPE Local 905 (York Region unit and Long Term Care unit) have both ratified new collective agreements, resulting in a three-year deal for the majority of the Region's unionized employees.
Both collective agreements expired on March 31, 2004.  Negotiating teams bargained for contract language during the summer, and finalized the compensation package earlier this month.
The contract for 1,890 Regional employees is effective April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2007.
A contract with Local 16 of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), representing public health nurses employed by the Region, continues until December 31, 2005.
"Settlement of these new collective agreements involved a lot of hard work and negotiations," said York Region Chief Administrative Officer Michael Garrett.  "The settlement reflects the high value and appreciation that the Region places on its unionized employees."
The following key points are included in the new contract:
 Yearly salary increases of 3 per cent for each year of the collective agreement
 2004 market adjustments of about 1 per cent of the Region's payroll for positions paid below current market rate

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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