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LOGAN LAKE—A civic strike that would have affected district services from snow and garbage removal to recreation services has been averted. This morning the 11 district workers, represented by CUPE 2587, voted to accept the agreement, which was ratified by District of Logan Lake Council in an emergency meeting yesterday.

“The new contract addresses the wage concerns of the workers and meets the recruitment and retention needs of the employer,” says chief negotiator and CUPE national representative Tom O’Leary.

The primary issue in this round of negotiation was wages.

The agreement includes a 12 per cent wage increase over 4 years (3 per cent increase in each year) and an $1,800 upfront income allowance to ensure that for the duration of the contract district workers’ total compensation is competitive, addresses recruitment and retention concerns, and is reflective of the current regional labour market.

“We are pleased that a contract was achieved without job action,” says O’Leary. The workers were in a legal position to strike as of 2:30 p.m. today.

The term of the new contract commenced on January 1st, 2008 and expires on December 31st, 2011.

Contact: Tom O’Leary, CUPE national representative, 250.862.6131
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, 778.229.0258