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FREDERICTON - CUPE Local 1252 and the Provincial Government have reached a tentative agreement on June 20, 2008. The Union, CUPE Local 1252, has been explaining the tentative agreement to the membership for the past two weeks in meetings across the province.

This collective agreement brings the largest settlement in recent memory for the membership”, said Norma Robinson, President of CUPE Local 1252. The agreement arises following an internal joint job evaluation study that took approximately a year and a half to complete.

Jobs were rated on their relative internal value and many of the classifications got significant wage increases. A new pay grid was developed with thirteen (13) pay bands down from the current thirty-two (32) in the last collective agreement. The settlement means wage increases from just over 12 % to 50 % for jobs in the bargaining unit.

CUPE 1252 represents over 8000 employees in the health sector. The members work in all parts of the health system; within all the hospitals, ambulance, community health, extra mural, public health and mental health.

CUPE 1252 is a very diverse group of hard working devoted employees. Once we get this agreement signed, we will begin to tackle the issues that remain for the membership,” said Gordon Black, CUPE Representative and Chief Negotiator.

For more information, please contact: Gordon Black, CUPE Representative, 506-458-8059; Norma Robinson, President, CUPE Local 1252, 506-273-7727

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