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FREDERICTON (CNB) - A tentative contract reached by the provincial government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1190 on July 17 has been voted upon and accepted by members of the union.

The five-year agreement is retroactive to Dec. 16, 2003, and will run until Dec. 15, 2008. The contract contains general economic increases of 12.5 per cent over the life of the contract, and 2.5 per cent in various adjustments.

CUPE Local 1190 represents about 1,700 employees such as equipment operators, bridge and construction workers, mechanics, store clerks and others.

The next step is for representatives of government and the union to officially sign the new collective agreement. This will take place in the near future.