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LONDON The members of CUPE Local 107, London Civic Employees, have ratified a three-year collective agreement with the City of London after a strike lasting 29 days.

Local 107 president Doug Wheeler says, This contract is a real win for us. It addressed every item we had on the table to the advantage of our members.

I have to thank all Londoners for the support they showed us. And I compliment the members of Local 107, London Civic Employees. They are a great example of what solidarity means.

The agreement features the following improvements:

  • Wages increased three per cent per year, from January 1, 2001 to the end of the collective agreement;
  • Greatly improved health care benefit plan with all inequities among members eliminated;
  • Improved sick leave plan;
  • Dental plan raised from 80 per cent employer paid to 100 per cent;
  • Greatly improved orthodontic coverage;
  • Caps and crowns now covered;
  • The age for dependent children to be covered increased to 25.

We got improvements in everything we went after. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with the City of London and all the people we are fortunate to serve, Wheeler says.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union, representing workers in health care, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines. CUPE represents half a million workers, including 180,000 in Ontario.

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Neil Walker, Communications Representative
416-292-3999 ext. 222

Doug Wheeler, President, Local 107

Fred Blake, National Representative

OPEIU 491/gpb