11/24/2012 02:35 EST | Updated 01/24/2013 05:12 EST

Community Living B.C. union members ratify new contract

A new contract for 350 unionized workers who work with the disabled has been ratified by Community Living B.C. and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

The new two-year deal between CLBC and the BCGEU includes a four per cent wage increase.

Social Development Moira Stilwell says the money was found savings from within CLBC's existing budget.

"I am pleased that the BCGEU members and CLBC have voted in favour of this agreement, which recognizes the need to support vulnerable adults in B.C. while respecting B.C.'s need to limit spending increases," Stilwell said in a written release.

The contract also includes job security and health and welfare benefit increases.

"This has been a challenging round of negotiations given the government’s restrictive bargaining mandate," said BCGEU president Darryl Walker.

"We are pleased to see our CLBC members approve this deal, which is fair and reasonable by every measure, and was achieved without making concessions to the contract."