02/20/2013 07:41 EST | Updated 04/22/2013 05:12 EDT

BCIT's 2,200 faculty and staff sign new four-year contract agreement

VANCOUVER - The 2,200 faculty and staff at the B.C. Institute of Technology have ratified a four-year contract agreement.

The first two years of the deal fall under the provincial government's so-called net zero wage mandate, giving workers no wage increase.

The remaining two years of the agreement include what are being called modest wage increases.

The union represents instructors, assistant instructors and technical staff at the institute.

Advanced Education Minister John Yap says the agreement shows that the government's co-operative gains mandate is working and savings can be found within existing budgets to fund wage increases.