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Town, Fort Smith, N.W.T., municipal workers reach 4-year deal

Municipal workers in Fort Smith, N.W.T., and the town reached a new four-year deal after four days of negotiations.

Agreement reached after 4 days of bargaining

Municipal workers in Fort Smith, N.W.T., have ratified a new four-year deal with the town.

The agreement was reached after four days of negotiations.

"Negotiations went very well as a result of the excellent relationship between this council and its employees," said Fort Smith mayor Brad Brake in a town news release.

"It is representative of the town's efforts to become an employer of choice."

Todd Parsons, president of the Union of Northern Workers, which represents Fort Smith's municipal employees, described the negotiations as "respectful."

"We had good co-operation with give and take at the table," he said in a union news release.

The new collective agreement includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent the first year, two per cent the second year, and 2.25 per cent in the third and fourth years.

It also implements a job classification system that will come into effect Sept. 1 and contains new provisions for stand-by and callout.

The town says those provisions will help it deliver weekend and after-hour service.

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