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WEST NIPISSING Members of Local 535 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted last night to accept tentative agreements reached earlier in the week, averting a strike in municipal and utility services in West Nipissing.

We are happy that we were able to reach these agreements without taking strike action, says CUPE National Representative Monique Drapeau. We achieved our negotiation objectives to the satisfaction of the membership, and most importantly, we were able to protect our communitys public services, by maintaining protection against contracting out.

The agreements cover 67 workers of the municipality of West Nipissing, West Nipissing Environmental Services and West Nipissing Energy Services and Public Utilities Ltd.

We are pleased that municipal services in West Nipissing, including hydro, water, garbage and all inside and outside municipal services, will continue to be delivered by dedicated, public workers, says Drapeau.

For further information, please contact:

Monique Drapeau
CUPE National Representative

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications