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A tentative collective agreement has been reached between CUPE 15, representing 2,500 Vancouver City and Parks employees, and the City of Vancouver.

Details of the agreement are being withheld pending a ratification vote by CUPE members, to be held as soon as possible.

Without giving away the contents of the agreement, I can say that this tentative deal represents a significant step forward for our members and that it reinstates a flexible work schedule for our members, says CUPE 15 president Rick Gates.

While neither side got everything they wanted in this round of bargaining, the deal recognizes the important contribution made by local public employees, and recognizes that hours of work are a major issue affecting the quality of life of workers, as well as morale in the workplace.

This tentative agreement is an important recognition of concerns that Local 15 members have been voicing for two years.

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For more information contact: Rick Gates, 879-4671 or 723-9661

Neil Bradbury, 291-1940 or 818-0798

Jim Kirk, 291-19940 or 720-7905