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Counties workers get 1.75% raise

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Non-union employees of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville will receive a 1.75-per-cent wage increase this year.

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Counties council this week approved the wage hike for the 158 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees after being told the increase is in line with those bargained by the counties’ unionized workers.

For example, paramedics represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees received a two-per-cent increase, social service workers with OPSEU got 1.5 per cent and employees at Maple View Lodge also negotiated 1.5 per cent more.

Nurses at Maple View have been without a contract since March 31 of last year and negotiations will resume this spring.

The increase for the non-unionized workers is slightly below the two-per-cent average for their counterparts in other Eastern Ontario counties, according to a staff report to council.

The warden and councillors will receive a similar 1.75-per-cent hike in remuneration.

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