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Burnaby municipal, parks, and library workers have reached a tentative agreement with the City of Burnaby.

Simon Challenger, President of the CUPE Local 23, says that the tentative deal was reached early Saturday morning after weeks of intensive bargaining. Details of the agreement are being withheld pending a ratification vote by CUPE members, to be held in the next 30 days.

Without giving away the contents of the agreement, I can say that this tentative deal represents a significant step forward for our members and Bargaining 2000, says Challenger.

While neither side got everything they wanted in this round of bargaining, the deal recognizes the important contribution made by local public employees, and represents significant improvements, particularly in the areas of wages and benefits.

Neil Bradbury, Chief Negotiator for Bargaining 2000, CUPEs regional bargaining structure, says the Burnaby deal will serve as a template for settling contracts in other municipalities across the Lower Mainland. Including the Burnaby members, Bargaining 2000 represents more than 13,000 local public employees in contract talks with Greater Vancouver municipalities, museums, and libraries.

Im very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement in Burnaby, says Bradbury, and Im optimistic that this tentative agreement now sets the stage for settling the rest of the Bargaining 2000 locals in the GVRD.

For more information contact:
Simon Challenger
Neil Bradbury
291-1940 or 818-0798