TRURO – Unionized workers with the Town of Truro will be receiving a two per cent wage increase for this year and next.
Under contract terms with the Canadian Union of Public Workers which were agreed to by town council on Monday, the outside workers will receive increases of 2.5 five per cent for 2014 and ’15.
The town will also be “significantly” increasing wages for seasonal employees to $15, retroactive to May 1, town solicitor John Rafferty said, while outlining the major negotiating points of the contract.
“We think that’s fair,” he said. “It gives us some autonomy to do the work but allows them a living wage.”
At the end of the four-year contract, the seasonal workers will then be bumped to 70 per cent of the labourer rate.
Workday hours are also being changed to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during winter months and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summertime.
Employees will also receive three weeks of vacation after one year and up to 12 year’s of service.
Retired employees who have been with the town for more than 20 years will have 50 per cent of the medical and dental benefits paid up to the age of 65.
As well, discipline records for warnings and reprimands will be removed after one year after being issued.