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Sydney Inside workers with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) have a new, four-year deal with the regional government.

Members of CUPE Local 933 voted in favour of a package which included wage increases of 2.5% in each of the four years, for a 10% overall wage increase.

CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, While members of the local were pleased with the economic increase, they did voice their concerns with the package by voting only 68% in favour of it. Hours of work have changed for the Records Clerks, who had been working a 9 to 5 day. That has changed to rotating shifts, which we were not thrilled about.

There were proposals that the local felt were a matter of respect, which the employer wouldn’t look at. A collective agreement is more than wages and I believe that this ratification vote sends a clear message to the employer that their employees are not happy, and there is some work to be done on the labour relations front from the management side.

Local 933 represents 110 inside workers, including clerical staff, communications operators, jailors, engineering techs, recreation co-ordinators, development officers and planners with CBRM.

For information:

Jacquie Bramwell

CUPE National Rep.

(902) 539-4933 (o)

John McCracken

CUPE Communications Rep.

(902) 539-4933 (o)

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