Members often ask how our wages have increased compared to inflation. Following the merger of the bargaining units, the first urban collective agreement freely negotiated without legislation, took effect as of February 1, 1995. Since then CUPW negotiated six times for the urban unit. On three occasions, we were legislated back to work. We also successfully negotiated collective agreements without strikes on three occasions. The urban unit suffered under government-imposed wage freezes for two years (1995 and 1996) and CUPW was forced to agree to a one-year wage freeze in 2012 to preserve our pensions.

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