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      Univ. of Toledo staff celebrate new contract

      Staff at the University of Toledo are celebrating a new contract that will afford them raises and further negotiations.

      TOLEDO -- Staff at the University of Toledo are celebrating a new contract that will afford them raises and further negotiations.

      The new three-year contract between UT and 530 employees represented by the Communications Workers of America Local 4319 is being officially signed during a ceremony Thursday.

      The clerical, maintenance, and custodial workers that primarily serve the university's Bancroft campus have agreed, with the school's Board of Trustees, to a contract which runs from Jan. 1, 2014 through the end of 2016.

      Workers will receive a 2.5-percent wage increase in year one, effective July 14. A 1-percent wage increase will go into effect in the second year of the contract, beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

      In 2016, the contract calls for new wage negotiations and a lump-sum retroactive wage provision.

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