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United Wayof Greater Victoria and its CUPE staff have reached a forward-looking tentative collective agreement that provides for wages of 2.5, 2.5, 2.5 and 3 per cent from 2006 to 2009 respectively.





What is most forward looking about this agreement, says John Burrows, president of CUPE Local 50, the Victoria civic local that represents workers at United Way of Victoria, “is the up-to .5 per cent cost of living allowance provided in the event of steep inflation and the considerable increase from 11 to 15 per cent of wages for casual staff, in lieu of benefits.”






CUPE locals and staff right across British Columbia are major

United Waysupporters according to Burrows.






Not only does this organization do excellent work in the community, they practice the same kind of social responsibility in dealing with staff.”






Both sides are recommending ratification of the agreement in the coming week.