I would like to convey to the JPA bargaining team our appreciation for their professionalism and the collaborative thinking they have brought to the negotiating table. I can tell you that I have a lot of respect for these officers. Amherst and his unionized police have agreed to a new five-year collective agreement that provides for an additional 2.5 per cent per year for public servants who preach. All CUPE members work under the protection of a contract called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve issues in the workplace. If you have questions about your rights at work, the best person you can talk to is your local steward or executive. You will know the specific details of your agreement. “Our goal was to be treated at the same level as other similarly sized fonts in Truro, New Glasgow and Bridgewater, and I believe we have achieved that.” This is the first time recently that an agreement has been reached between the city and its unionized police officers, without either party subjecting the proceedings to costly binding arbitration. . . .