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Duncan's unionized staff reach contract with the city

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Duncan's unionized workers have reached a three-year contract with city hall, giving wage hikes of up to 6.5% over that term, council says.

City taxpayers' deal with CUPE Local 358 gives a 1% raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014, and 1% uplifts on July 1; Jan. 1 and July 1, 2015; and a Jan. 1 raise based on the 2015 consumer price index.

It would spell a minimum increase of 1.5%, and a maximum hike of 2.5%.

Mayor Phil Kent said the contract for his "exceptional employees" is in keeping with recent union settlements for Duncan's neighbouring jurisdictions.

CUPE 358 represents about 20 full-time members, and several casual, regular part time, temporary and student workers at the City of Duncan.

Those employees handle snow removal, road maintenance, parks and rec, sewer and water systems, garbage collection, building inspection, plus engineering and administration.

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