SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1866 representing the support workers for the Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) voted 91% in favor of strike action.
“The WHSCC wants the employees to make concessions on their insured benefits. The benefit program has been in place for 29 years and we don’t want the Commission to strip it away”, said Lynn Spear, President of CUPE Local 1866.
“The outstanding issues went before a third party, an independent Commissioner who handed a recommended settlement”, explained Spear.
The Union accepted the independent recommendation – the Conservative government appointed Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation Commission has rejected the third party settlement.
“The Tory appointed Commission refuses to listen to the independent recommendation and is forcing a strike, which is going to affect not only our members but also the injured workers and the employers of this province.”
“This heavy handed action by the Conservative appointed Commission will destroy benefits for working families”, concluded Spear.
CUPE Local 1866 represents more than 100 workers in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Grand Falls and Bathurst.
For more information:
CUPE Local 1866 President
(506) 333-6830 (cell)