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(Sydney) – CUPE outside workers with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality have soundly rejected a so-called ‘final offer’ from their employer.

CUPE National Representative John Evans says, “We hope that this sends a clear message to senior negotiators with CBRM who apparently thought that these employees were happy with the last offer.  Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Says Evans, “They are not impressed with the employer’s wage offer, or the term of the contract.  In addition, the employer has not addressed the wage adjustment we are seeking for transit and the cleaners and has deleted some contract language for transit without the union’s agreement.”

Evans says, “CUPE has informed the Conciliator and the HR person with CBRM of the results.   The Conciliator has called both parties back to the table tomorrow at 1 p.m.”

CUPE Local 759 members are in a legal strike position and must give 48 hours notice before taking any job action.


For information:



John Evans                               John McCracken

CUPE National Rep.                   CUPE Communications Representative

(902) 574-1070 (Cell)                 (902) 455-4180 (o)