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OSHAWA, Ont. City of Oshawa outside workers, members of Local 250 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), voted last night to accept an agreement reached on Tuesday between union negotiators and management.

We see this deal as a starting point to address the wage parity issue that remains a key concern for our members, said Jim Lines, president of Local 250. Council secretly voting themselves a big raise remains a big sore point for our members. We are hopeful that they will rectify this situation by doing the right thing and ensuring that the wage equity process is dealt with in a fair and efficient manner for our members.

Included in the deal is a wage equity evaluation process. The three-year collective agreement covers 170 outside workers who provide essential services such as roads, garbage, snow, parks, pools, and arenas maintenance.

Were glad we were able to avoid a strike that would have disrupted services to residents of Oshawa during the holiday season, said Lines. A strike would have hurt the residents more than the politicians. We now have an opportunity to ensure politicians show our members the respect and dignity they deserve.


For further information, please contact:
Jim Lines, President CUPE Local 250 - 905-436-5636 ext. 2153
Linda Newman, CUPE National Rep. - 905-433-4760
James Chai, CUPE Communications - 416-292-3999