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(Halifax) – Employees of Enviro Care, who collect solid waste in parts of Halifax and Bedford, were called into an impromptu meeting with the director of the Halifax Regional Development Agency (HRDA) this morning and told they’ll be out of work on June 30.

CUPE Local 108 President Dave Carr says, “What doesn’t make any sense is that HRDA had already won the tender for the contract and are now saying they want to back out of it.

This makes no sense to us.  The reason they have cited is difficulties with the contract.  Surely, there’s a way we can fix this and save these jobs,” says Carr.

For these hard-working employees, this news has come right out of the blue.  The union’s next step will be to request a meeting with the Board of HRDA and see if we can work out a solution to this situation,” says Carr.

Our contract is set to expire on June 30 and we were planning to go in and bargain badly-needed improvements for these workers,” he says.

Enviro Care is one of 18 non-profit companies within the Halifax Regional Development Agency.  The drivers and collectors are members of CUPE Local 108, Unit 5.

For Information:

Dave Carr                                 Jacquie Bramwell               John McCracken   
President, CUPE Local 108      CUPE National Rep.          CUPE Communications Rep. 
877-6133 (cell)                         240-7928 (cell)                  455-4180 (o)