(Bridgewater) Contract talks between the Town of Bridgewater and its unionized outside workers have broken off, and the union has applied for conciliation with the Department of Labour.
CUPE Local 1092 says there are a number of outstanding issues, with one of the key issues being major discrepancies in the towns wage rates for employees in the same job classification.
The rate for a Labourer in the Parks and Recreation is $9.11 an hour, while a Labourer in the Public Works department makes $13.50 an hour, for instance.
Other issues include hours of work and callback provisions. The union is also seeking vacation improvements for senior employees
CUPE Local 1092 represents 38 town employees, in public works, parks and recreation, arenas, sewage treatment and water meter readers.
The CUPE contract expired on October 31, 2000.
Wayne Holman, President, CUPE Local 1092
(902) 521-4883 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)