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Congratulations on your agreement, CUPE Local 3339

July 8, 2009

UNB AND CUPE LOCAL 3339 REACH FOUR-YEAR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

July 7, 2009
UNB Saint John News Release: 09-107
Dan Tanaka, Communications Manager (506) 648-5697

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the Canadian Union of Pubic Employees (CUPE) Local 3339 have reached a new four-year collective agreement, effective July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2012.

The agreement affects approximately 70 members in the bargaining unit on UNB’s Saint John campus and will include an economic increase of five per cent spread over the four years of the new agreement. Two years of zero per cent adjustments have been factored into the agreement.

“UNB is very pleased to have reached a new agreement with CUPE 3339,”said Peter McDougall, Associate Vice-President (Human Resources). “I would like to thank all members of the bargaining team who worked so hard to produce a collaborative agreement in some very difficult times.”

An interest-based negotiation process, facilitated by Rick Merrill, allowed both teams the opportunity to explore innovative, win-win solutions.

“We are happy to have a new collective agreement, said Tammy Hicks, President of CUPE Local 3339. “Although the wage package was difficult to accept, our members agreed on the offer because it included some positive articles reached through interest based negotiations in the area of employment opportunities and job security.”

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. It’s also one of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada, according to Maclean’s magazine. UNB has more than 12,000 students from over 100 countries. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts 80 per cent of the province’s university research. It has more than 3,500 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of more than $163 million. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, N.B.

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