FREDERICTON (CNB) – The provincial government has signed a collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1418. The union represents social workers, probation and parole officers, human resource development officers, correctional programmers, human rights officers and recreation and culture program officers.

"I am pleased that we have signed the second collective agreement with CUPE in less than a week," said Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer. "More than 1,200 provincial employees are covered by this new contract, which respects the hard work they do every day for the people of New Brunswick."

The agreement provides two years of zero-per-cent wage increases, followed by general economic increases of two per cent in each of the following two years. The agreement also includes wage adjustments for some employees to ensure parity with workers in the hospital system.

"I thank the negotiating teams for their efforts," said Finance Minister Greg Byrne. "Last week, we signed an agreement with court stenographers that recognizes our government's wage restraint efforts, and today we have achieved this same goal with CUPE Local 1418."