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Whitby reaches tentative deal with its workers

Whitby and the union representing the town’s full-time workers have reached a tentative contract deal ahead of a key labour deadline.

More than 250 municipal inside and outside workers could have walked off the job as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, affecting garbage collection and road maintenance.

Chief administrative officer Robert Petrie announced the agreement with CUPE Local 53 on Friday.

“The town is pleased to have reached this agreement without disruption to the important services and programs the town provides to the community,” Petrie said in a statement.

“Mediator Gerry Lee was instrumental in helping both parties reach agreement.”

The deal — in effect from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014 — must now be ratified by union members and Whitby town council.