SAULT STE-MARIE Members of Local 1880 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) today voted 76% to ratify a collective agreement reached in mediated talks with management yesterday. The settlement will improve wages and working conditions for the 400 workers.
Its unfortunate that it took a lockout to get us here, says Matt Cavaliere, Local 1880 spokesperson. But our members have achieved improvements in wages and working conditions and, most importantly, weve come through this a lot stronger and united.
The deal must also be ratified by the Board of Directors of Community Living Algoma before the support workers, cooks, cleaners, social workers, supportive living, supportive housing, life skills and counsellors can return to work.
Our members are anxious to get back to doing the work we love, says Cavaliere.
For further information, please contact:
Trish Andrews, CUPE National Representative, 705-949-6221
Matthew Cavaliere, Local 1880 Bargaining Cttee, 705-256-7029
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999