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MOOSE JAW – Members of CUPE Local 9 who provide police support services have voted overwhelmingly to give their bargaining committee a strike mandate, as a result of a longstanding bargaining dispute with the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners.

On August 27 members voted by 83 per cent to take job action up to and including a strike. Members are seeking to reach a fair agreement that brings them closer to other police support workers.

Our members are understandably upset. They are almost two years without a new contract – with no bargaining dates scheduled,” said Ryan Nelson, CUPE Local 9 president.

The contract expired December 31, 2011. Police support workers will continue to work, and hope to reach a fair agreement without being forced to exercise their strike mandate.

We want to continue supporting the people behind the badge,” said Nelson. “Police support workers have no plans to initiate job action in the immediate future.”

CUPE 9 represents 25 workers at the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners.  These police support workers answer 911 transferred calls, help diffuse situations on the phone, type reports and court documents, provide administration, process tickets, process and maintain police evidence, do criminal records checks and fingerprinting – and other services required including updating the Canadian Police Information Centre database.

Ryan Nelson, CUPE 9 President: 306.694.4463