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Truro, N.S. - CUPE Local 734, representing municipal outside workers with the Town of Truro, has a new, four-year contract.

Local 734 president Danny Cavanagh calls it, “a good deal for both sides. We’ve gained wage increases of 3% in each year of the deal. It runs through to April, 2009.

Other important issues were also resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. We have a new clause in promotions and qualifications that takes into account an applicant’s membership in a designated group such as aboriginal, visible minority, women and persons with disabilities and if the applicant consents,” he says.

Says Cavanagh, “CUPE thinks the Town now has to consider employing more members from these underrepresented groups within its workforce. Very few contracts have such a clause and we hope this will start a trend.”

The union also negotiated:

  • More vacation time for long-serving employees
  • An additional wage increase for workers who hold water and sewer certifications with the province’s Department of Environment
  • Workers at the stadium who hold a stationary engineer or arena operator certificate will also receive an additional monetary increase

Says Cavanagh, “CUPE members do good work and believe the employer and community see that. Public services cannot be undervalued. From response times for after hours work like broken water mains and sewer lines, to snow clearing and much more, our members do great work.”

For information:

Danny Cavanagh
President, CUPE Local 734
(902) 957-0822

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)