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With the assistance of a mediator, the parties were able to reach a tentative three year agreement, that would expire on December 31, 2014. There had been a threat of a walk out, which would have included several Fort St. John City employees, after three months of unsuccessful negotiating.

The deal includes a one per cent wage increase, retroactive to January 1, 2012, and a 2.25 per cent increase as of June 1, 2012. There is also Cost of Living Adjustment clause for years two and three, to protect against inflation if it goes beyond 3.5 per cent. The agreement also includes significant increases to dental and chiropractor/massage benefits, and improvements in allowances for glasses.

The last agreement, ratified in 2009, took until July before an agreement could be made.

Members who didn’t vote this morning at the BCGEU Area Office will vote tonight at 5:30 p.m.

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