City of Fredericton, transit workers reach tentative agreement
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:52PM AST
A tentative agreement has been reached between the City of Fredericton and the union representing its transit workers.
Saturday's announcement comes about a month after the 43 members of CUPE Local 1783 rejected the city's last offer and voted 73 per cent in favour of a strike.
Both sides have been in a position to take job action with 24 hours' notice ever since.
CUPE spokesperson Ralph McBride said at the time that pay and benefits for certain workers remained key issues.
The city's last offer – a five-year deal – included a 1.75 per cent increase in each of the first three years and a 2.5 per cent increase in the final two years.
It also included a $25 increase to the bi-weekly benefit spending allowance, bringing it from $175 to $200 upon signing.
Mayor Brad Woodside said that deal was the same one that the city's inside and outside workers accepted in 2015, and council felt it was fair and reasonable.
The city says documents will be prepared for signing and a joint statement will be issued at a later date.