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CUPE 966, Library Unit members with the Mississauga Library System, have ratified a new collective agreement which covers over 400 workers both full and part-time.  The tentative agreement was accepted by 97 per
cent of those in attendance.

We’re very pleased with the new contract,” said Audrey Nichols, Vice President of CUPE 966.  “We worked hard to get our members a fair contract and with some of the improvements we’ve made I believe we have accomplished that.

It’s very uplifting for all our members at this time of year.”

The new deal includes wage increases of three per cent for each of the three years of the collective agreement with additional increases for the lowest paid classification.

Benefit improvements include increased coverage for hearing aids and in vision care as well as increases in paramedical coverage and increased mileage allowances.  The collective agreement also includes new pregnancy and parental leave top-ups.

One of the areas we are particularly pleased with is improved labour-management workplace resolution procedures, making it easier for our members to have conflicts and issues addressed,” Nichols said.