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Agreement improves wages, benefits for employees

FORT MCMURRAY A new contract between the Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) gives employees increased wages and benefits.

The deal, ratified this week, gives employees wage increases of 4% per year for three years. In addition, employees won a cost of living allowance of $100 every two weeks. The deal brought CUPE members into the same benefit plan that managers belong to, at a cost of 1% of wages.

Negotiations between the parties were conducted in a constructive and positive manner and I am pleased that we reached a positive outcome in a timely manner, says Monty Hillier, president of CUPE Local 1505.

CUPE Alberta President DArcy Lanovaz was pleased with the agreement. Im thrilled that with this agreement, CUPE Alberta continues to lead the way in settlements for union members in the province.

This settlement, like others CUPE has reached recently, confirm that CUPE is the union that always gets a better deal for public employees.