New Agreement Ratified at Marine Atlantic

February 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

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CAW Local 4285 and 4286 members who work on Marine Atlantic vessels have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with wage gains in each year.

The workers voted 70 per cent in favour of the agreement on February 28. It includes a 2.5 per cent increase in each year of the deal, contract language changes, and some benefit increases.

"It's a very good deal for these economic times," said CAW Local 4285 President Mavis Grist.

It's the first time these workers have ratified a collective agreement since 2004. The previous two contracts were settled by binding arbitration.

"The bargaining committee is very proud and pleased to have negotiated an agreement without third party involvement," said Grist.

"I'm very impressed that we reached a bargained agreement instead of going to arbitration," said Local 4286 President Bill Walsh. "The membership was solidly behind the bargaining committee, which helped ensure a strong agreement was ratified," he said.

CAW Locals 4285 and 4286 represent approximately 560 vessel workers at Marine Atlantic, which provides year round ferry service between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Marine Atlantic provides a constitutionally mandated passenger and commercial marine transportation system between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

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