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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government on behalf of 4,200 members in several sectors - which includes historic new wage increases.

While most of the details of the deal cannot be released until ratification meetings are held, Premier Danny Williams announced the wage portion of the deal to the province.  It is a four year deal with wage increases of 8% in year one and 4% in the next three years.

Williams said the 20% increase reflects the sacrifices that CUPE members  made in the last round of bargaining to help the province get its fiscal house in order.

CUPE N.L. President Wayne Lucas says, “It was a tough set of negotiations but we believe we’ve achieved a great deal for CUPE members.”

CUPE bargains provincially for Health Care, School Boards, Libraries, Housing and Government House.  Existing contracts had expired on March 31 of this year.