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Unionized workers have voted to accept the City of Edmonton’s offer after 18 months of back and forth between the two parties.

The new terms of the four-year agreement released by Civic Service Union (CSU) 52 on March 8 includes $1,000 cash payment for 2021 rather than a raise, plus raises of 1.25 per cent, two per cent and three per cent for 2022-2024 for city staff.

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CSU 52 president Lanny Chudyk said in a statement Monday that 77.8 per cent of members took part in the vote with 83.5 per cent voting in favour of the deal.

“While it’s unfortunate that this process has taken this long, we are glad that it’s come to a conclusion,” Chudyk said. 

After narrowly avoiding a strike, both parties went back to the negotiating table where the city budged from their original “best and final offer.”

The original offer to CSU 52 members included a 7.25 per cent wage increase over five years, a commitment to hybrid work and other unstated benefits. The city said the offer already presented a “considerable” financial challenge for the 2024-2026 operating budget while managing an approximate $50-million deficit.

A similar agreement between the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Public Library workers has been reached but is awaiting ratification by CSU 52 members. Results of that vote are expected on Wednesday. 

With files from Lauren Boothby

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