Town of Golden and CUPE Local 2309 ratify a renewed collective agreement

Council and staff are pleased to announce the ratification of a renewed collective agreement between the Town of Golden and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 2309, representing approximately 28 full and part time workers. The five year agreement is effective March 1, 2020, given the parties’ mutual agreement to delay bargaining during the pandemic’s first year. 

“As a testament to our excellent working relationship and shared values, the Town and the Union reached an amenable agreement in just three days, showcasing the alignment of both our municipality and its employees to ensure a fair and productive working environment,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. 

Introduced changes in the agreement are mostly clarification clauses and modernizations in line with societal trends. “I am pleased and privileged to have the rapport we have built and maintained between executive management and Local 2309,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “The results show in amenable agreements, good working conditions and staff feeling both appreciated and valued.”

Wage adjustments over the five years are: 2.1 per cent in 2020, 1.5 per cent in 2021, between 1.5 and 2.25 per cent in 2022, between 2.0 and 2.5 per cent in 2023, followed by between 2 and 2.5 per cent in 2024. The final three years represent the minimum or maximum increase, the actual value dependent upon the previous years’ inflation rate. 

“We are pleased with the new Collective Agreement and feel that it is progressive and inclusive,” said Graeme Murphy, CUPE Local 2309 President, “Our outgoing executive deserves credit for its success and we look forward to continuing a positive working relationship with the Town of Golden and providing services for the community.”

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