Contract Negotiations

City and CUPE 508 Reach Tentative Agreement

The City of Fredericton and CUPE Local 508, which represents the City’s outside workers, have agreed to a tentative wage package tied to the Consumer Price Index for New Brunswick (CPI NB).

The five-year agreement is retroactive to January 2019 and will see the outside workers get a one-time wage adjustment of one dollar per hour, plus 2.13% CPI for 2019 in year one of the contract.

Wage increases for the remaining four years of the contract will be based solely on CPI NB and aligns the CUPE 508 contract with the City policy of granting future wage increases equal to CPI.

Additional details related to the contract will be formally ratified at a future meeting of City Council. CUPE Local 508 outside workers will return to work on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

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The Offer

The tentative agreement between the City and CUPE Local 508 includes increases to wages, benefits and the employee boot allowance, over the life of the contract.


  • Retroactive offer to January 2019 of $1.00 per hour, plus 2.13% CPI NB* for 2019.
  • CPI NB increase (equal to 1.83%) in 2020
  • CPI NB increase (to be published by StatsCan) in 2021, 2022 2023

Benefit Spending Allowance (Money available for health and dental benefits):

  • $210 biweekly in 2020 then adjusted by CPI NB in 2021, 2022, 2023

Boot Allowance:

  • $185 for 2020 and increased by CPI NB for 2021, 2022, 2023.

*CPI NB = Consumer Price Index for New Brunswick

    Timeline of Negotiations

    • Contract expired December 31, 2018
    • Negotiations started in October 2019
    • Conciliation took place from November 2019 to January 2020.
    • No agreement was reached. Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL) informed.
    • Minister of PETL did not appoint a conciliation board (January 23, 2020).
    • Nine day cooling off period ends (January 31, 2020). 
    • Mediation requested by City. Scheduled for February 10 & 13, 2020.
    • Council votes that if presented with a strike notice, CUPE 508 outside workers will be locked out until a new collective agreement is reached (February 10, 2020).
    • CUPE Local 508 outside workers gives notice to strike. City moves to lock out outside workers. (February 13, 2020). 
    • City and CUPE Local 508 agree to a tentative agreement.  Both parties vote in support of the deal. (February 17, 2020).