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Fredericton Canadian Union Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1251 is pleased that the negotiations with the government to settle the strike will resume as soon as possible.

We have met with the students of the community colleges to express our desire to return to the table and to negotiate a settlement, which recognizes the needs of our members to provide for their families.

We will return to the negotiating table with a full mandate to negotiate and we expect the government to do the same.

It is hoped that the government is not playing games with the lives of our members and the students of the Community Colleges, which would be the case if they resume negotiations without the will to reach an agreement.

To this point the government has refused to negotiate, they continue to mandate with their 10 per cent offer over 4 years.

This does not keep up with the high cost of living and insurance rates in this province.

There is only one option to settle this strike and it is a negotiated settlement.

CUPE Local 1251 has been forced on strike since October 3, 2003. Local 1251 represents 533 members across the province.

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For more information:
Danielle Savoie, Communications (506) 381-1966