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CUPE 963 members will see their wages increase by as much as 42 per cent as a result of a pay equity agreement reached with the New Brunswick liquor board.

“Significant wage inequities existed for several female dominated jobs as well as for permanent part-time workers,” said CUPE Job Evaluation Officer Diane Ouimet. “The settlement corrects all inequities and achieves internal equity.”

The settlement gives most of the local’s 299 members wage increases from 5% to 42%.

For instance:

  • 70 Permanent Part-time Store Clerks will see their wage increase 39.15 per cent from $13.00 to $18.09.
  • 142 Liquor Store Clerks get an 11.81% increase ($17.11 to $19.13)
  • 64 Senior Clerks get an 8.99% increase ($19.46 to $21.21)

Incumbents in red-circled jobs will continue to receive negotiated increases throughout the current collective agreement.

CUPE 963 members have seen some increases already. The rest of the money will come over the course of the current collective agreement, which expires in 2010.

In all the settlement will put $1.6 million more into members’ pockets.

Ouimet added that the process took less than a year to complete because both union and management were committed to it.