Under the terms of the new agreement, unionized workers receive a general wage increase of two per cent per year as well as improvements for “certain benefits and allowances” and contain a provision that would help the city cover some of the province`s emergency expenses, according to the press release. The City of Nanaimo and CUPE 401, the union representing more than 500 employees with the municipality, have signed a four-year collective agreement, the city`s press release said Thursday. The agreement, which replaces a two-year contract, offers “clarity” on seniority, leave and overtime, the statement said. “The ratification of the new collective agreement paves the way for organizational stability and progress. The parties are to be commended for their duty of care and good faith in a timely and productive agreement,” Jake Rudolph, the city`s chief administrative officer, said in the press release. The agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019 and expires at the end of 2022. Thanks to a new agreement, unionized workers in the City of Nanaimo will receive a wage increase each year for the next four years. . . .