After months of delay, the Town has demanded that employees take concessions that would include giving up some of their statutory holidays.
“While CUPE does not bargain through the media, I thought that citizens of Swan River deserved to know that there could be a strike following the municipal election if issues are not resolved,” said Paul Klein, President of CUPE 851, “residents have a right to know that when they go to the polls.”
CUPE Local 851 represents most inside and outside workers for the town including staff that work in: city hall, billing, the water treatment plant, road repair, snow removal, garbage collection, and the Richardson Recreation and Wellness Centre.
A work disruption could mean disruptions to garbage collection, recreation services, among other frontline service disruptions.
“We are hopeful that the employer will bargain with us to avoid a strike, but our members know that if a strike is necessary they’ll have the full support of CUPE’s 665,000 members across Canada,” said Ric McAlpine, National Representative that has been bargaining with the group, “and access to CUPE’s $100 million strike fund that supports striking CUPE members from the first day of a strike until the last.”