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Township, employees settle contract

The Township of Langley and its unionized workers have negotiated a new contract.

The four-year deal was ratified by Township council on Monday, May 5 following its acceptance by the 418 Township full-time, part-time employees and auxiliary employees, members of CUPE Local 403.

The agreement comes after more than a year of negotiations and more than two years after the previous contract agreement expired.

It provides a back-dated pay hike of 1.25 per cent in 2012 and 1.75 per cent in 2013, plus a pay raise of 1.75 per cent this year and 2 per cent in 2015.

"This is a fair and equitable settlement for both sides,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese.

“We have reached a reasonable deal that is comparable with others within the region.”

Local 403 president Paul Albrecht said the membership is "happy" that a settlement has been reached.

"We're two-and-a-half years in [to the new contract]," Albrecht said," so we'll be back at it in about a year."

The new pay rates take effect in June.

The Township agreement adds a paid break for the new Family Day statutory holiday.

Negotiations between the City of Langley and its unionized employees are continuing.

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