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The white-collar union has reached an agreement in principle with the City of Trois-Rivières. At a special meeting Wednesday night, union members voted 59.9 per cent in favour of the latest offer from the City, on the recommendation of the union bargaining committee.

The employer’s previous offer was turned down by 65 per cent of the members on June 28. Negotiations then resumed in the presence of the conciliator from the Ministry of Labour.

While respecting the financial framework of the City, the agreement provides a number of gains for union members, such as the creation of five new team leader positions in telecommunications by March 31, 2012 at the latest, an increase in leave days for union business, and the implementation of a new salary structure retroactive to January 1, 2009. In addition, a dozen temporary positions will become permanent.

“We are satisfied with the outcome of this final round of negotiations; we’ve managed to achieve gains for our members in a difficult environment,” said Marlène Simard, President of CUPE 3423.

Salary increases under the new agreement will be 1 per cent inclusive for 2009, 1 per cent for 2010, 2.5 per cent for 2011 and 2012, and 2 per cent for 2013, 2014 and 2015.