HEARST, Ont. – Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) working at Hearst Power Distribution Company Ltd went on strike September 7th at one minute after midnight, following a breakdown in mediation talks.
“Management started going back on items we had already agreed on, failing to negotiate in good faith,” said Denis Régimbald, CUPE national representative. Hearst power workers are among the lowest paid in Ontario. Outstanding issues include wages, benefits and working conditions.
“Our members work hard to ensure Hearst residents have reliable power, without disruptions, and a strike was the last thing we wanted,” said Régimbald. “Unfortunately, Hearst Power management has left us no other choice.” The workers’ last contract expired March 31, 2007. CUPE is asking residents to contact local municipal councillors to insist they get involved and bring an end to the strike.
For further information, please contact:
Denis Régimbald, CUPE National Representative: 705-264-1269
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications: 416-292-3999