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Paradise workers get raise

By Mark Squibb/March 24, 2022

The Town of Paradise and NAPE Local 7814 have officially inked a new deal about nine months after the previous deal had expired.

The previous agreement expired in June of 2021. Negotiations between the Town and the union had been ongoing, and council approved a tentative agreement in a privileged meeting held on February 22.

NAPE voted in favour of that new agreement on March 7, and the deal was brought to last week’s public meeting for ratification.

Changes include a 4.5 percent pay increase for union employees over the next three years, along with the removal of the severance benefits from the collective agreement.

“Council would like to thank both the Town and NAPE’s negotiation committee on the successful negotiation program,” said Administration and Corporate Services Committee chairperson Elizabeth Laurie.

Council unanimously agreed to ratify the earlier decision to accept the agreement.

That agreement retroactively comes into effect July 2021, until June 30, 2024.

Salary increases were anticipated, said Laurie, and were factored in to Budget 2022.

The Town has about 100 unionized employees.

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