Montague - After a year on the picket line, the workers of the Southern Kings Group Home in Montague Prince Edward Island, CUPE Local 3373, have reached a tentative agreement with the employer.
The workers – all women – have been on the picket line for more than a year, the longest strike of the history of the labour movement of Prince Edward Island.
The parties went back to the bargaining table Thursday. Late this morning, they reached an agreement. The main issues were wages and benefits.
The details of the tentative agreement have not been released.
“It’s been a long struggle, “ said Kim MacKenzie, one of the strikers, “but we were overwhelmed by the support of CUPE members and unionists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and other parts of Canada.”
This year-old struggle has come to a conclusion because of the solidarity of all our CUPE members.
“We are very satisfied with the outcome of this strike,” said CUPE representative Bill McKinnon.
“At this time, we want to take this opportunity to thank every CUPE member for their moral and financial support over the year.”
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For more information:
Donalda MacDonald, President CUPE PEI - 902-969-9074
Bill McKinnon, CUPE Representative - 902-566-4006 opeiu 491