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Budget contract unknowns in Nelson

As Nelson City Council continues its budget deliberations the biggest financial elephant in the room is salaries for unionized workers.

It’s a huge unknown just what sort of wage increases will result from new collective contracts next year with fire, police and CUPE.

Here’s Chief Financial Officer Colin McClure.

Back in 2011, after arbitration, the full-time career Nelson firefighters received a 24.5% wage increase bringing them closer to Lower Mainland salaries.

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