Highway maintenance workers help province trim budget

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Highways maintenance workers in Kamloops have agreed to help the province reduce its road maintenance costs by 10 per cent by rejecting a raise.

Argo Road Maintenance workers agreed to take a pass on a three per cent raise this fall in exchange for increased job security promised by the province. Workers have also agreed to accept changes to their benefit plans.

The Ministry of Transportation is calling on other road maintenance employees from across the province to do likewise in an effort to save more than $32 million a year.

If the 10 per cent target is met by the ministry, it says it will reward highways workers by providing increased job security. One way of doing so will be to award 10-year contracts.

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