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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the provincial government have settled on a tentative, four-year deal for the government employees represented by the union.
The agreement, if finalized, is similar to the deal agreed to by the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) on Sept. 17, according to a statement issued by government.
The deal includes a five per cent increase in salaries over four years, with a signing bonus of $1,400 pro-rated. The bonus will come in year two of the agreement.
The NAPE deal had a wage freeze for the first two years of the agreement, followed by a two per cent and then three per cent increase on wages. The signing bonus there was also $1,400.
“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,” said Premier Kathy Dunderdale, in the government’s statement.
“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.”
CUPE’s deal has yet to be voted on, but a vote is expected to take place “in the coming weeks.”
The deal comes on the heels of news Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy is considering stepping down from his role, though Kennedy has yet to comment on the reports.
“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,” Kennedy said, in the same government-issued statement.
“Once again, I would like to thank all those involved in the bargaining process for their work on this important deal.”