Springhill, N.S. – In an attempt to avert a strike in the Town of Springhill, the union representing public works and arena employees is launching a public information campaign aimed at area residents and elected representatives.
The campaign will include radio and newspaper ads, as well as flyers going to every household and business in Springhill.
CUPE National Representative Terry Goulding says, “The Town has rejected our offer of a negotiated settlement. They continue to try and push for major concessions from their unionized employees.
“Specifically, the medical plan demand that the employer is making will mean that Local 919 members will be paying more for the plan than non-union and management employees. They are asking CUPE members to pay a premium that none of their other employees pay.
“In addition,” says Goulding, “they want to water down our job security protections and are offering a wage increase which is less than what was just received in Amherst, Oxford and several other municipalities.”
Earlier this month, Local 919 members voted strongly in favour of strike action to back their union’s contract demands.