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CUPE members who work for the Dauphin-Ochre School Area #1 in Manitoba have a new contract that raises wages by 10 per cent and in addition slashes in half discriminatory increment steps which exist only in job classifications held by women workers.

I think this agreement is tremendous for our members, said CUPE 3305 President Wendy Wellborn. Though we still have a long way to go, its a big breakthrough for the women in our workplace.

The new agreement cuts in half the number of years it takes to reach the maximum pay scale in positions held by 90 per cent of the members who are women and work as clericals, education and library assistants, dietary assistants and bus drivers. Instead of six increment positions spanning a six-year scale, the new contract cuts the steps in half to three. Positions traditionally held by men (mechanics, carpenters, custodians) have no increment steps.