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COQUITLAM — Municipal workers in Coquitlam, members of CUPE 386, ratified a five-year contract agreement with the City of Coquitlam on Saturday.  The agreement included language on how temporary positions will be filled.

I’m satisfied that we ended up with the same wage and benefit agreement as other municipalities,” said Merina Meyer, president of CUPE 386. “We’re pleased that members will now be able to bid on temporary positions which will be posted. The experience and skills city employees gain will only stand to enhance what they bring to their jobs. This benefits both employees and the employer.”

Wage and benefit improvements were consistent with the regional package agreed to by municipalities throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District.  Council is expected to ratify the agreement by the end of the month.  The agreement is in effect from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2011.

CUPE 386 represents inside and outside workers in Coquitlam who provide public services for public works, parks and recreation, aquatic centres, the arena, numerous community centres, Coquitlam’s animal shelter, employees at the RCMP detachment (including clerical, dispatchers, and custodial guards), and inside staff at Coquitlam City Hall.

Contact:   Joe Badali, CUPE Representative, 604.291.1940 x259, Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications, 604.454.7293