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NELSON—Members of CUPE 339, Nelson municipal library workers have a new contract agreement that was just ratified by the Nelson Library Board.

This contract acknowledges the increased cost of living in Nelson,” explains Bev LaPointe, CUPE 339 president. “The settlement shows the desire of both parties to reach a deal and move forward – providing quality public library services to Nelson and the broader community.”

Library workers will receive a wage increase of 4 per cent as of July 1, 2008 and 3 per cent in each subsequent year until the contract expires in December 31, 2012.

Contract increases include improvements to vision care; benefit improvements for shelvers, temporary and regular part time workers; wage incentive for librarians acting in the capacity of chief librarian; improvements to union leave that are inclusive of First Nation or other Aboriginal organizations; and health and safety improvements through ‘working alone’ language.

CUPE 339 members ratified the collective agreement on July 10. The local represents 14 library workers who provide library services for residents of Nelson and surrounding communities.

Contact:  Janet Szliske, BC Communications 604-291-1940