FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government today signed a collective agreement with Local 1190 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The group represents more than 1,500 employees, including tradespersons, operations workers, maintenance repair workers and labourers working mainly at the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure as well as Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

“I thank the two negotiating teams for reaching this agreement,” said Treasury Board President Roger Melanson. “This illustrates our commitment to ensuring that the government treats its employees with fairness by respecting the collective bargaining process.”

The five-year contract includes annual economic wage increases of one per cent and the implementation of a joint job evaluation study.