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After 76 days on the picket line, 160 members of CUPE 3896, Senior Peoples Resources in North Toronto (SPRINT), reached an agreement on November 21.

The local managed to fight off concessions like two tier wages and loss of seniority, and gain retroactive pay equity to 1995, which the employer had been withholding for two years.

Other improvements include pay equity adjustments for 2000 and 2001, improved benefits and sick leave provisions, as well as a $200 signing bonus. The number of expected layoffs was also reduced.

While we didnt make huge gains in terms of wages, we did win improvements in sick leave and fought back concessions around hours of work, two very important issues to the members, says CUPE rep Joanne Martin. A special thanks to all the other CUPE members, locals and councils who lent their support to our lengthy struggle.