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(Sydney) – Employees of the Cheticamp Association for  Community Living have ratified their first union contract.

CUPE Local 4896 reached a tentative agreement with the Association with the help of a Conciliator from the Department of Labour and Workforce Development.

CUPE National Representative John Evans says the three-year deal was accepted this weekend.

Key highlights of the contract include:

• Shift and weekend premiums

• 2.9% in the first two years, with the 3rd to be negotiated in April, 2010

• New provision extending sick time to part time employees.

Evan says the Bargaining Committee had recommended acceptance of the deal to the approximately 35 employees.