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CUPE members to see 14% wage increases


GRANDE PRAIRIE – A settlement between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Cardinal Coach lines will put a little more green into the pockets of city bus drivers.


The deal, which gives drivers a 14% wage increase over 28 months, was reached last week and approved by drivers Sunday night.  There are 18 drivers working for the city bus service.


Randy Wald, President of CUPE Local 787, was happy with the new contract and said the agreement includes other improvements for the drivers.


“The drivers will have a sick leave plan, call out pay, better rest periods and health and safety protection,” said Wald.


CUPE Alberta President Bruce McLeod said the drivers, who have been with CUPE since 2001, have been steadily improving their wages and benefits since forming a union.


“No union understands municipal government better than CUPE,” said McLeod. “When you join the largest union in Canada, these are the results you get.”