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(Halifax) – About 100 employees of Compass Group Canada who work at the VG Hospital have signed a new, three-year deal with several improvements and no concessions.

CUPE Local 2761 President Mary Tibert says the deal includes wage increases of 2.9% in each year, and is retroactive to June 2008.

Tibert says, “Talks began last summer.  We had a strike vote of 95% in the fall so when we went to conciliation on December 18 and 19, the employer knew we were serious about getting a fair deal.  That’s when we reached the tentative agreement.  Our members ratified the deal yesterday.”

The deal also includes:

• Significant raises for new hires as well a shortened period to reach full wages
• Increases to sick leave and bereavement clauses
• Two floating holidays a year
• Seniority bonus

Something we’re particularly proud of is that our part-time employees will now receive 100% coverage for a family medical plan, just like the full-timers.  They had previously been eligible for single coverage only,” says Tibert.

For information:

Mary Tibert                             John McCracken
CUPE Local 2761 President    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.