“This could mean that payments beyond 2021 only go to unionized workers,” Duckworth said, adding that new exempt employees from the City of Calgary would no longer have the pension allowance, effective December 17, 2019. The extent to which workers will be affected by this issue must be assessed. The benefit is described in at least one collective agreement between the city and the Calgary chapter of the International Firefighters Association (IAFF) and it has not yet been decided how this will affect other collective agreements. Lanovaz stated that the only communication they had with the CPA was through an email in which the company confirmed the change that the union learned from a third party: “Our decision followed the city`s announcement in December and corresponds to current business practice in the current economic climate. This is not a rate line, as the pension premium applies to all CPA employees.” Union employees in the City of Calgary could be spared the pension reduction until 2021, depending on the status of their collective agreement – and a municipal union leader expects it to be negotiated. These are not considered “legal” copies of contracts/agreements. If you need more information or a signed copy, email or call Labour Relations at 403-268-2236. The union is now considering legal action against the Calgary Parking Authority and is likely to file a complaint. “We have just concluded a round of negotiations in which the employer has not addressed this issue at all,” said D`Arcy Lanovaz, President of CUPE 38. “They waited until we had finished the negotiations to make a sudden announcement without telling the union.” He also said that if the city had tried to pass it off and eliminate it for municipal unions, without going through collective bargaining, they would have legally challenged it. “We expect all the resistance from the CPA,” Lanovaz said. “They have made it clear that they do not want to discuss it or cooperate with the union. We have made progress in meeting the challenge we believe to be a success.
On 20 December, the Council voted 13 to 1 in favour of abolishing allowances by the end of 2021. And that will probably be the case when management releases City of Calgary employees. But for the city`s unionized workers, there will be even more lengthened collective bargaining, the city said.