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(St. John’s) – Details of the deal reached between thousands of CUPE members and the provincial government have now been released.

CUPE N.L. President Wayne Lucas says, “Our members have wholeheartedly endorsed this four-year deal with an overall ratification vote of 95%.  Now that they’ve given it the thumbs up, we can release more of the details.”

In addition to the almost 21.5% wage increases already widely reported, other highlights of the four-year CUPE agreement include:
• Substantial Increases to shift differential effective April 1, 2008 (.31 cents to .72 cents an hour, and .26 cents to $1.25 an hour for weekends)
• Increases to standby premiums ($3.10 per shift)
• A Job Evaluation plan to be implemented by 2010
• Improvements in clothing allowance for Housing and School Board employees
• An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for all school board employees

Says Lucas, “I think the outcome of the ratification votes speaks for itself.  CUPE members are extremely pleased with the deal.  It is a testament to the hard work and perseverance of our Negotiating Committee which started down this road back in November, 2007.” 

Lucas says because of geographic considerations, employees of the Newfoundland and Labrador Libraries Board (Local 2329) are still completing their vote.  Those results will be released when the mail-in ballots are all in.

For information: 

Wayne Lucas                            John McCracken
President, CUPE N.L.                CUPE Communications Rep.
727-2509 (Cell)                        (902) 455-4180 (o)