Strike officially averted: CSU 52 members accept deal with City of Edmonton

Civic Service Union 52 employees outside the City of Edmonton's Clareview Recreaction Centre on Monday, March 11, 2024. Global News

Members of Civic Service Union 52 (CSU 52) have officially accepted the City of Edmonton’s contract offer, ending months of bargaining and averting job action.

The president of CSU 52 said Monday afternoon that members employed by the City of Edmonton voted over the weekend to accept the city’s four-year offer.

Lanny Chudyk said 77.8 per cent of members voted in the ratification vote, with 83.5 per cent of those people voting in favour of the deal.

“While it’s unfortunate that this process has taken this long, we are glad that it’s come to a conclusion,” Chudyk said in a statement.

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Tentative deal reached with library, City of Edmonton staff

The four-year deal includes a lump-sum payment of $1,000 for all active employees, a retroactive 1.25-per cent wage increase for 2022, a retroactive two-per cent wage increase for 2023 and a three-per cent increase for 2024.

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Additional aspects of the agreement include:

  • A 25 earned days off (EDO) option will be added to the Amended Hours of Work and Compressed Hours of Work Options (36.9) Letter of Understanding
  • Language acknowledging the ability for employees to request a leave of absence without pay for observing religious, cultural or ethnic observances, holidays or celebrations not already specified in the collective agreement will be added
  • Addition of three days paid bereavement leave for provisional staff
  • A hybrid work commitment that includes moving the LOU into the collective agreement and removing the expiry date
What the City of Edmonton originally offered, what CSU 52 originally asked for and what the tentative deal looks like. Global News

The same four-year deal was offered to CSU 52 members employed by the Edmonton Public Library.

The two sets of union employees are in separate bargaining units.

On Wednesday, the union president said CSU 52 Edmonton Public Library members also voted to accept the deal, with 82.1 per cent of members voting and 91.8 per cent voting in favour.

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CSU 52 members voted to ratify the terms on March 25 and the city said in an April 3 news release it would begin the process of implementing the agreement immediately.

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