Marine Communication Officers Reach Tentative Agreement

May 28, 2009, 10:23 AM EST

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CAW Local 2182 members who work as Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications Officers have reached a tentative agreement that provides wage increases and benefit improvements.

The CAW represents more than 350 members of Local 2182 who work at 30 locations from coast to coast to coast as marine communications and traffic services officers. Under federal budget legislation outlined by the Harper Conservatives in Bill C-10 the agreement runs from May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2011.

In addition to a number of benefit improvements, wage increases for each of those years are 2.3 per cent, 1.5, 1.5 and 1.5 per cent.

CAW Local 2182 President Martin Gregoire said the local has finally reached a tentative agreement after more than two years of bargaining with the federal government.

"This contract had expired April 30th 2007, after two sessions of bargaining, and the Conservatives decided to interfere with the bargaining process under Bill C-10," said Gregoire. "It is frustrating, but when looking at the Canadian economy as a whole and given the recession and the jobs being lost, it could have been much worse," said Gregoire.

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