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A two-year contract dispute was settled Tuesday, May 26 between the City of Summerside, PEI, and its 32 police who are members of Local 1174.

A arbitrator ruled that the police will have a five year collective agreement which includes significant wage increases and some benefit improvements.

Bill McKinnon, the CUPE National Representative working with the local said: “The most positive aspects of what the union accomplished was a very significant increase in wages for the uniformed sector. There was not as significant, but a significant increase, for the dispatchers.”

The five-year agreement is retroactive to April 1, 1996, and expires on March 31, 2001.

The average wage for a first class constable will rise from $36,833.76 as of April 1, 1996, to $42,726.21 in the final year of the agreement.