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SkyTrain workers finalize new deal with employer

Last Updated Dec 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm PDT

File Photo. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A tentative agreement was struck minutes before job action escalated to a full SkyTrain shutdown on Dec. 10

The new contract guarantees an annual wage increase of 3 per cent

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — A labour dispute between SkyTrain workers and their employer has officially come to an end.

A tentative agreement was struck minutes before job action escalated to a full SkyTrain shutdown on Dec. 10, and that deal was ratified Sunday.

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Wages were a sticking point in the negotiations, and the new contract gives workers a wage increase of 3 per cent per year.

“Our members have struggled with affordability partly because of wages not keeping pace with true cost of living increases,” says CUPE 7000 President Tony Rebelo in a news release. “Our hope is that in securing wage fairness for our members, we will also help other workers across the region achieve fair wages and greater financial security for their families.”