FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government today signed a collective agreement with a group of New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees who work in a non-instructional role in the province’s education system.

The group, which consists of 30 full-time equivalent employees, represents development officers, literacy co-ordinators, career counsellors, department heads and deans mainly at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

“In October of 2014, 16 of 24 collective agreements between unions and the provincial government had expired,” Human Resources Minister Denis Landry said. “Today we have been able to reach 10 agreements – all of them since December of 2014. We are making good progress and it highlights our government’s commitment to treat employees fairly and respect the collective bargaining process, even during these difficult financial times we are facing.”

The new agreement is for five years and three months. It includes one per cent annual wage increases over the course of the contract.

“I am pleased our government has been able to reach an agreement with these employees who play such a key role in our post-secondary education network in New Brunswick,” Post-Secondary Education,Training and Labour Minister Francine Landry said.