District workers set healthy living trend in growing community



    TUMBLER RIDGE, BC, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The 40 district workers of Tumbler
Ridge, represented by CUPE 2979, are pleased to announce ratification of a new
collective agreement that ensures the workers benefit in the prosperity and
growth the community is experiencing.
    The new agreement includes a trend setting $300 a year Healthy Living
Allowance to be used to defray the cost of memberships/tuition in local
health, exercise or recreation facilities and programs.
    "District employees work hard to keep up with the growing infrastructure
and needs of our community," says CUPE 2979 president Chris Homister. While
the current population of Tumbler Ridge is under 5,000, the infrastructure has
grown to accommodate double the population.
    "A strong and positive working relationship with the District has ensured
that we get a fair share of the prosperity around us and a commitment to the
health and well-being of our members."
    Ratified recently, the agreement includes a 12.5 per cent wage increase
over the next four-and-a-half years, extended health and benefit improvements
and contract language aimed at preserving positive management and labour
relations.

    CUPE 2979 represents Tumbler Ridge's 40 district workers who provide
quality public services - including water and sewage, clerical, recreation,
building inspection, and bylaw enforcement - to the community.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Homister, CUPE 2979 president, c: (250)
242-8175, h: (250) 242-3332; Harry Nott, CUPE National representative, c:
(204) 223-7684; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, c: (778) 229-0258

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