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Regina: Less than two months after contract negotiations began, city workers represented by CUPE Local 21 voted yesterday to ratify their new collective agreement.

In stark contrast to the last round of negotiations which ended after a bitter 26-day strike involving CUPE Local 21 and two other civic unions, the new agreement was reached after just six bargaining meetings.

Both sides worked hard to rebuild the relationship following the last round of negotiations,” says CUPE Local 21 President Tim Anderson. “A positive tone at the bargaining table and a lot of good will on both sides enabled this quick settlement to happen.”

The three-year agreement which covers about 1,200 ‘outside’ city workers, provides general wage increases of 4%, 4% and 4% and improved shift differential for people working unsocial hours. Some classifications also will receive market adjustments in an effort to retain and recruit skilled trades people.

CUPE Local 21 members, whose work for the city includes parks and recreation, cemeteries, road and sewer line maintenance and leisure services, voted 90 per cent in support of ratifying the new agreement, which is retroactive to January 1.

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588 ratified a similar agreement last week.

Contract negotiations continue between the city and CUPE Local 7, which represents about 200 ‘inside’ city workers.

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Contact: Tim Anderson at 352-8282