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After five years without a pay increase, civic workers in Peterborough have won an agreement that will see their pay hiked by 7.1% over the next sixteen months.

Even though their contract did not expire until the end of this year, City council agreed to increase wages by 2.7% retroactive to January 1, 1998. In January 1999, wages will rise again by 2.2 % and in January 2000 by a further 2.2%.

The 132 inside workers, members of Local 126 and 120 outside workers, members of Local 504, launched their first ever joint-bargaining support campaign this past summer, building public awareness and support using the slogan “Quality service providers.”