CUPE, province reach tentative deal
The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
In a release sent out Monday afternoon, government said the tentative four-year agreement will include the same framework as the previous deal reached with the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).
"We are pleased to announce a tentative agreement with CUPE, which includes benefits for hard-working public employees in a wide range of programs and services," Premier Kathy Dunderdale said in the release.
"This is a fair deal for employees, who will see general economic increases in 2015 and 2016, and it is a good deal for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as our government works toward a sustainable future in a fiscally responsible way."
The deal includes a five per cent salary increase over the four years. Employees will get zero per cent in the first two years, two per cent in year three and three per cent in the fourth year.
Included in the agreement is a signing bonus of $1,400 on a pro-rated basis in the second year.
"The terms of this tentative deal reflect the commitment of our government to operate sustainably, and allows us to acknowledge the dedicated professionals in the public service," Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy said in the release.
CUPE represents more than 4,300 public employees in the province. Members of the union will vote on the deal in the next few weeks.