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Kentville, NS – Municipal inside and outside workers with the Municipality of the County of Kings, NS have given their union a 91 per cent strike mandate.

CUPE National Representative Naomi Stewart said, “I hope this sends a strong message to the elected officials in Kings County that these employees are expecting a new contract that is both fair and reasonable. 

There are a number of outstanding issues, which include wages, pension increases, retirement benefits, union leave, supplemental Employment Insurance benefits, vacation adjustments and more,” says Stewart.

Local 2618 President Trevor Surette said, “Members of this local are keenly aware of the rather sizeable wage increases Council gave itself in the last budget. Senior managers received large wage increases as well as increases to their pensions.  We’re hoping that recent management changes at the County will usher in a new approach to labour relations with frontline, unionized workers.”

The CUPE contract expired on October 31, 2009. Local 2618 represents 46 employees with the municipality in a wide variety of positions. Both sides will return to the bargaining table on July 7 with the help of a Conciliator from the Department of Labour.
For more information: 

Naomi Stewart   
CUPE National Rep.  
Tel: 902) 455-4180   

Trevor Surette 
President, Local 2618
Cell: (902) 680-6095

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
Tel: (902) 455-4180