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(Amherst) - Contract talks between CUPE Local 4326 and Cumberland County Transition House Association (Autumn House) will resume tomorrow, with the assistance of a conciliation officer.

Members of Local 4326 voted 88% in favour of strike action on June 11 as a result of their employer tabling a series of major takeaways.

The Amherst womens shelter employees are currently working at 1998 wage rates, and there are several other outstanding issues in the dispute, including:

  • Hours of work and scheduling
  • Employer demand for concession on LTD (Long Term Disability)
  • Retroactivity
  • Maternity leave provisions

Autumn house provides a critical service to women throughout the county. The front line workers are seeking wage increases equal to what other public sector workers have received in recent months. They are also asking to be treated fairly and with respect by their employer.

For information:
Terry Cove, President CUPE Local 4326 - (902) 667-7314 (h)

Terry Goulding, CUPE National Rep. - (902) 752-2244 (o)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep. - (902) 455-4180 (o)