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
- Occupational Therapists
- Human Rights Officers
- Human Resource Development Officers
- Probation & Parole Officers
- Recreation & Culture Program Officers
- 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:
CUPE Local 1418 president