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St. Johns Employees at the Newfoundland & Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) ratified a new collective agreement last night, becoming the first of the public sector groups to sign the tentative agreement that was reached on April 6th between public sector workers and the provincial government. More than 92 percent of the employees, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1860, voted yes to the deal.

Local 1860 President Bill Wakeley says members are pleased that most of their outstanding local issues were resolved satisfactorily through conciliation.

I would say, for the most part, our members are very happy with the outcome of this round of bargaining, he said.

The new agreement will see public sector wages increase by 15 percent over three years and includes significant improvements to the pension plan.

CUPE represents approximately 385 employees at the housing corporation. Votes are still being held for CUPE members who work in health care and at public libraries.

For more information please call Bill Wakeley at (709) 724-3414 or (709) 747-4635 (after 5pm).