MOUNT PEARL, NL – The City of Mount Pearl has locked out its municipal workforce, shutting down virtually all services in the municipality.
CUPE Local 2099 President Bob Martin says, “We presented the details of the city’s so-called ‘final offer’ last Thursday to our members, and on Friday morning almost 100 of them showed up for a protest to show their displeasure with that offer. For Mayor Simms to now suggest that the union didn’t take the offer back to its members is not helpful or even truthful.”
Martin added, “Mount Pearl residents need to understand that we were more than ready to go back to the table, but the city appears to have other plans. And I want to emphasize, this is not a work stoppage, as the mayor has been saying. This is a lockout. The mayor and senior managers have basically shut the city down.”
Today’s garbage collection is cancelled and the city says there will be no recycling and bulk garbage collections. It says recreational programs and events have been suspended. The Reid Community Centre, swimming pool and Kenmount Park Community Centre are all closed.
Wages are the main outstanding issues. The 140 members of CUPE Local 2099 are inside and outside workers with the City of Mount Pearl.