Nelson library workers ratify new contract

    NELSON, BC, July 17 /CNW/ - Members of CUPE 339, Nelson municipal library
workers have a new contract agreement that was just ratified by the Nelson
Library Board.
    "This contract acknowledges the increased cost of living in Nelson,"
explains Bev LaPointe, CUPE 339 president. "The settlement shows the desire of
both parties to reach a deal and move forward - providing quality public
library services to Nelson and the broader community."
    Library workers will receive a wage increase of 4 per cent as of July 1,
2008 and 3 per cent in each subsequent year until the contract expires in
December 31, 2012.
    Contract increases include improvements to vision care; benefit
improvements for shelvers, temporary and regular part time workers; wage
incentive for librarians acting in the capacity of chief librarian;
improvements to union leave that are inclusive of First Nation or other
Aboriginal organizations; and health and safety improvements through 'working
alone' language.
    CUPE 339 members ratified the collective agreement on July 10. CUPE 339
represents 14 library workers who provide library services for residents of
Nelson and surrounding communities.

For further information:

For further information: Bev LaPointe, CUPE 339 president, (250)
354-7975; Audrey Barr, CUPE representative, (250) 364-0267; Janet Szliske,
CUPE Communications, (604) 454-7293

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