Calgary parking lot workers get 11% raise

This is the first collective agreement for these workers.

In the September 2023 Bargaining Update released earlier this month, Alberta’s jobs, economy, and northern development ministry indicated that a new collective agreement for workers in Calgary had been reached.

Settled on 8 September 2023, the new agreement is between the Imperial Parking Canada, otherwise known as Impark, and Local 987 of the Teamsters.

This new agreement is actually the first collective agreement for these 50 workers employed by Impark in Calgary.

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According to the September 2023 Bargaining Update, these workers will receive a total increase of 11% (well, technically 11.6%, if you account for compound increases) over the 3-year term of their new contract.

Here’s how the increases breaks down per year.

1 Jan 20230.0%
1 Jan 20245.0%
1 Jan 20256.0%

There is no wage increase in the first year because, since this is their first contract, 2023 will be their base year.

Workers are scheduled to make $18.54 an hour in 2023, $19.47 an hour in 2024, and $20.64 an hour in 2025, the final year of the contract.

The consumer price index in Alberta increased from 160.0 in August 2022 to 166.8 in August 2023. That’s an increase of 4.2%. If inflation continues at this rate, then the first raise will allow the workers to keep up with inflation.

The new 3-year contract will expire in December 2025.

The full contract was unavailable by press time, so I was unable to compare more than just the wage increases.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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