Mayor and Council Approve 2020-2023 Contract With Steelworkers Local 8223

The City of Thompson and its Union partner, United Steelworkers Local 8223, have ratified a new 4-year contract for City of Thompson union employees, effective March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2024.

The new agreement approves a 0.75% annual wage increase for 2021 and 2022, and a 1.0% wage increase in 2023. The agreement also designates National Indigenous People’s Day as a statutory holiday for Union employees. It also includes minor language updates and the amalgamation of previously negotiated contracts agreed upon in 2020.

USW Local 8223 includes nearly 100 municipal employees across a variety of fields and departments, including recreation, public safety, public works and city planning.

“We want to thank USW for another year of negotiations in good faith and collaboration. We’ll continue to work together to find new ways to improve the services we offer to our residents,” said Mayor Colleen Smook. “We’re also proud to declare National Indigenous Peoples Day a stat holiday for our union partners, and we hope, in doing so, we’ll set an example for municipalities and businesses across Canada.”

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