HALIFAX – Outside workers with Halifax Water have given their union, CUPE Local 227, a strong strike mandate.
CUPE National Representative Karen MacKenzie says, “Of those that turned out for the vote, it was 91% in favour of job action in support of their Bargaining Committee. As per the Trade Union Act, it works out to 78% of the total membership.”
The main outstanding issues in the dispute include:
- Overtime and how it is used
- Pension claw back
Wages and premiums
Local 227 President Dave Dort says, “We were confident that a settlement could be reached and were seriously working towards one but were blindsided when the employer returned on our last day of bargaining with a proposal that they knew would not get us where we needed to be.” “We now believe that Halifax Water intentionally forced us into conciliation when, in our opinion, a deal could have been negotiated,” says Dort.