Web banner. Text: Congratulations! CUPE 759 ratifies new collective agreement. Illustration of houses, trees and snow.Members of CUPE 759, representing outside workers employed by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) have ratified a new four-year collective agreement, avoiding a lockout or strike. The union’s membership voted in favour of the new contract at meetings held today.

The collective agreement must now be approved by the employer. The agreement is effective retroactively from November 1, 2020, until October 31, 2024.

“We believe this is a fair deal for our members and for the public we serve,” says CUPE 759 President Kevin Ivey, who thanked the bargaining committee for their hard work and praised members for their support and solidarity.

CUPE Local 759 represents approximately 300 members employed by CBRM who work in transit, public works, water and waste water management, parks and grounds maintenance, building and arena maintenance, as well as cleaning and janitorial services.