SYDNEY, NS – The union representing Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s (CBRM) outside and transit workers has requested the appointment of a conciliation officer for its contract talks with the municipality.
CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, “We are awaiting dates from the Department of Labour to see if we can get those talks moving in the right direction.
“Obviously with a new mayor and council, the union is looking forward to building on our labour relations and achieving a new contract for the member of Local 759 that’s both fair and reasonable,” says MacLeod.
Local 759 President Francis O’Reily echoes those sentiments, “We are looking forward to working with all of the elected representatives on council to make sure residents are happy with the level and quality of services they’re receiving from the municipality.
“CUPE members take great pride in the work they do and trust that this will be reflected in our wages and working conditions,” he says.
Local 759 represents 310 CBRM employees who work in Public Works, Transit, the Water Department, Water Treatment, Waste Water, Parks and Grounds, Building Maintenance as well as Cleaners and Janitors.