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NORTH BAY, Ont. – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing 188 long-term care workers at Casselholme East Nipissing Home for the Aged, will appeal to an arbitrator to achieve a fair contract after talks with management failed to reach a collective agreement.

Casselholme management negotiators were fixated on forcing 12-hour shifts on RPNs,” said Henri Giroux, president of CUPE Local 146. “Not only would these shifts be hard on our members – the employer refused to rule out layoffs as a result of the change. There’s no way we would could agree to such a hardship.”

The union met with the employer in August and November, in the presence of a provincial labour conciliation officer, but those talks failed to reach a settlement. CUPE applied for arbitration on November 23rd, and is now waiting for hearing dates in 2007.


For further information, please contact:

Henri Giroux
CUPE 146 President

Colette Proctor
CUPE National Representative

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications