CAW Members Ratify New Deal With City of Kitimat

January 19, 2009, 9:37 AM EST

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CAW Local 2300 members ratified a new three-year agreement with the City of Kitimat in British Columbia on January 15.

Workers voted 77 per cent in favour of the new deal that includes a 7.75 per cent wage increase over the life of the agreement, as well as vacation and benefit improvements, and access to leave provisions.

This ratification comes on the heels of a strong strike mandate issued by Local 2300 members to the union's bargaining committee after the company and union reached an impasse on non-monetary issues.

"Our members sent the City a clear message on the importance of these outstanding issues," said CAW Local 2300 Business Agent Gord Lechner. "Thankfully a strike was averted and we have a deal that both sides can be proud of." 

The agreement covers clerical and support staff workers in the City's Recreation and Public Works departments as well as City Hall, the Fire Department and RCMP offices.

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