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SAINT JOHN — The support workers for the Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), members of CUPE Local 1866, voted today in favour of a tentative agreement.

Both parties have ratified the tentative agreement reached earlier this week and the members of CUPE local 1866 will return to work this afternoon.

The 109 support workers of the WHSCC went on strike last Monday to protect their Dental and Health plan.

The main issue that caused this strike has now been resolved, with the union taking over the administration of the 29-year-old plan. This will see the carrier change from Medavie-Blue Cross to Managed Health Care Services Inc.

The workers also obtained a wage increase of 9 per cent over a 3-year contract and maintain the present contract language on job security.

CUPE Local 1866 represents 109 workers in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Grand Falls and Bathurst.

For more information:

Lynn Spear, CUPE Local 1866 President, (506) 333-6830 cell

Robert Davidson, CUPE (506) 645-1185