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Pincher Creek The members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 927 have voted to approach the Town of Pincher Creeks bargaining committee in an effort to resume bargaining. The decision comes four weeks after bargaining broke off and a successful strike vote was held.

Even though there is a strike mandate the employees dont want the townspeople to endure any hardship, said CUPE national representative, Maxine Copeland.

Yesterday, a letter was sent to Pincher Creek CEO, Leo Ludwig, offering several dates the union will be available to meet stating that in the best interests of the residents of Pincher Creek, they wish to meet with the towns negotiating committee to try and reach a fair and equitable collective agreement.

Last week the members of CUPE Local 927 voted to take strike action after attempts to resolve the bargaining dispute with a provincial mediator had failed. CUPE Local 927 represents all town employees including those in public works, with the exception of five management positions. The main issues in the dispute are wages and the employer contribution toward employee benefits.

These town employees are determined not to lose ground on their current benefits package. They simply want a fair agreement, said Copeland. We think we can get that without any disruption to services in Pincher Creek if the town is willing to meet us again at the bargaining table, she concluded.


CUPE is Canada’s largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPEs 31,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE website for more information cupealberta.ab.ca

For further information:
Pam Beattie, CUPE Communications
(780) 484-7644 or (780) 288-1230 (cellular)
Maxine Copeland, CUPE National Representative
(403) 329-0266