It’s been a tough nine weeks but Corner Brook’s 140 striking city workers, CUPE 706 and 768, are more determined than ever to fight for what they deserve.
The mayor and his royal court of councillors want to strip away our benefits and continue down the road of contracting out public services, says Wanda Power, a city drafts-person and member of CUPE 768. It’s been a long haul but we’re determined to fight to the end.
Two-tiered benefits has been the major sticking point. The city wants to treat new workers differently by cutting sick leave, vacation time and severance packages. The workers are also taking a stand against the city’s plan to privatize the regional sports complex.
The privatization of the Canada Games Centre is by no means a done deal, says Wanda. This is a slap in the face for the working people of this community and we’ll do what it takes to keep the centre in-house.
To help out in their fight for fairness, the strikers are appealing for support. Contributions can be sent to:
CUPE Locals 706 and 768
50 Main Steet, Suite 17
Corner Brook, NF A2H 1C4