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Municipal workers with the Town of Marystown, represented by CUPE Local 1896, have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement.

The three year deal comes into effect on January 1, 2011 and includes wage increases of four per cent in each year.

CUPE National Representative Ed White says, “This was a very successful round of bargaining. In addition to the wage increases, the local was able to enhance its pension coverage.”

Says White, “Starting in January, 2011 the pension plan will provide for indexing of pension benefits, with the added bonus of allowing employees to retire at age 60 with no early retirement penalty.”

Marystown Mayor Sam Synard stated that ‘this is a very fair and equitable collective agreement.  As a Town Council, we are responsible for keeping taxes as low as possible and yet recognize the value of our employees through reasonable compensation.  We were able to achieve this through this round of negotiations.’

Mayor Synard thanked the Town negotiating team and CUPE representatives for reaching a prompt and fair collective agreement.

Local 1896 represents over 20 employees, including inside and outside workers.