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HALIFAX– Two CUPE locals representing employees at the HRWC have reached a tentative agreement in their contract dispute.  Both parties were in conciliation talks with the Department of Labour when the deal was reached today.

CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, “While we won’t be releasing any details until the members of both CUPE locals hold a ratification meeting, we can say that the union is recommending acceptance of the package.”

CUPE Local 227 members are employed in the potable water division with HRWC, including some 100 labourers, maintenance, technicians, operators and water treatment plant operators.

CUPE Local 1431 represents about 50 customer service clerks, engineering information technicians, engineering technologists, information support techs, operations techs and operations support staff.

In May of this year, the wastewater and storm water division of HRM was merged with the HRWC bringing many more employees into these two CUPE locals.

Underground sewer lines, storm water lines, wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations are now the responsibility of the HRWC.

For information:

Jacquie Bramwell                              John McCracken
CUPE National Rep.                        CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 240-7928 (Cell)                     (902) 455-4180 (o)