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Pictou County workers back union with strike vote

Sep 21, 2010 02:33 PM
 


NEW GLASGOW, NS – Close to 400 employees in three Pictou County long term care facilities have given their union a very strong strike vote. CUPE Local 2330 president Nan McFadgen said, “Members employed at Glen Haven Manor, Valley View Villa and the Maritime Oddfellows Home cast their ballots in a strike vote on Monday, September 20."

“They have voted 96 per cent in favour of job action if we are unable to reach a negotiated settlement.”

CUPE National representative Wayne Thomas said, “As part of our provincial bargaining, we will return to the table on September 30 for conciliation talks with our lead table, MacGillivray Nursing Home in Sydney. We need to get serious about addressing the issue of wage parity for our more than 3,500 members in this sector.”

“The only outstanding issue in contract talks is wage parity with our counterparts in acute care. Equal pay for work of equal value – that’s what we are fighting to defend,” said Thomas.

CUPE represents health care workers in 36 long-term care facilities across the province.

 
For more information, contact:

Nan McFadgen     
President, CUPE Local 2330  
Tel: (902) 759-3231
 
Wayne Thomas
CUPE National Representative 
Tel: (902) 752-2244

John McCracken
Communications Representative
Tel: (902) 455-4180