11/02/2012 11:17 EDT | Updated 01/02/2013 05:12 EST

University of Victoria, CUPE local reach another four-year collective agreement

VICTORIA - The union representing 1,500 teaching assistants, language instructors and sessionals at the University of Victoria says it has reached a tentative collective agreement with its employer.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4163 has been without a contract for more than two years but has now become the third CUPE local at the university to reach a deal this week.

The deal is retroactive to 2010 and includes no wage increases for the first two years under the provincial government's net-zero mandate.

But the union says members will receive two per cent wage increases in each year of the agreement's final two years.

The union says members and the university's board of governors must still ratify the agreement.

Similar deals were reached earlier this week with two other CUPE locals representing 900 office, technical and child-care workers, as well as 600 food-services, trades, groundskeepers, security and waste-management staff.