This 49 per cent increase represents the bulk of the $US 3.8 million increase in compensation that was rolled out last year to high-income municipal employees. Some of this new money could disappear next year, as CUPE employees received an additional payment for the time worked in 2016, following the ratification in the fall of 2017 of a new contract that was reduced to this year. The new contract for CUPE provided for a salary increase of 1.5% in 2017. A city spokesman said most of the increase in spending was due to the purchase of new uniforms for firefighters. A smaller portion of the increase was attributed to moving expenses. The City of Abbotsford believes in dedicated, safe and dedicated staff. Therefore, a continuous improvement approach to staff development is essential to abbotsford`s success and to the personal success of each employee. The provision of effective urban services and programmes depends on our individual and collective commitment to lifelong learning. Compensation for CUPE employees, who earn more than US$75,000, increased by more than US$3 million last year to $9.4 million, according to the City`s annual financial reporting report (SOFI) released this week. A new contract with unionized workers in the city saw a sharp increase in the compensation of CUPE employees in 2017. This year will be the last for which the salary increases of the council and the mayor will be based on inflation. In 2016, the Council voted for their salary increases to be linked to a citizen`s average salary. Council members receive three-quarters of the salary of an average full-time employee, while the mayor earns two and a half times the salary of a councillor.
Employee expenses increased from US$627,174 in 2016 to US$706,523 $US in 2017. This was recommended by an independent committee to develop a new policy. The expenditures of various members of the Council have changed over the past three years. A year ago, Barkman and Falk each had expenses of less than $1,000, while Siemens and Falk were in the central pack. The ratified contract provided that CUPE staff would receive an additional payment for work in 2016 The city offers learning opportunities for employees through our annual training calendar, departmental training and professional development. Council and mayor have taken a small increase in the cost of living. City councillors each received about $40,000 — based on time spent as deputy mayor — while Mayor Henry Braun earned $108,600 $US. Harsh winter conditions in early 2017 also contributed to pay slips, with overtime payments increasing by more than $600,000 from the previous year. . .