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After a 29-day strike, city of London outside workers have a new three-year deal with long-sought gains that CUPE 107 members had demanded.

This contract is a real win for us. We got improvements in everything we went after, said local president Doug Wheeler.

The three-year agreement includes a greatly improved health care benefit plan and raises wages three per cent a year retroactive to January 1, 2001. After an eight-year fight, all benefit inequities among members will finally be eliminated. In addition, the sick leave plan is improved and the dental plan will now be 100 per cent employer paid.

Wheeler thanked all the CUPE locals, members and staff, the London Labour Council, and the members of CUPE 107 themselves, for their tremendous show of support during the strike.

They are a great example of what solidarity means.