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MONCTON, N.B. – The lack of progress in negotiations with the Government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1418 – Rehabilitation and Therapy Group, is setting the stage for a potential strike once again.

Proposals were exchanged with the employer in November 2004, almost a year ago, with little significant progress”, explained Anne Hogan, President of CUPE Local 1418.

The parties met in the presence of a conciliation officer for three days, but the employer only regurgitate the same rhetoric. The negotiations finally came to a halt on September 1, 2005.

Today, we requested the nomination of a Conciliation Board”, explained Hogan.

This has been a long and frustrating bargaining process for the members, said Hogan. We have been through the same process during the negotiation of our last contract and it took a 5-week strike to get an agreement.”

The main outstanding issues include wages and benefits.

Local 1418 represent 1234 members regrouped in 13 classifications such as:

  • Social workers
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Human Rights Officers
  • Human Resource Development Officers
  • Probation & Parole Officers
  • Recreation & Culture Program Officers
  • Psychometrists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Recreation Leaders
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Vocational Services Administrators
  • Human Resources Development Managers

The last contract expired on August 2004.

For further information, please contact:

Anne Hogan
CUPE Local 1418 president
(506) 858-9960

Linda Morin
CUPE representative
(506) 684-5518