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(Sydney) The union representing employees at the Society for the Treatment of Autism in Sydney says it has advised the employer they will be proceeding to conciliation.

Outstanding issues for this round of bargaining are wages, benefits and job security.

CUPE Local 4172 represents 100 Residential Rehabilitation workers at the Society. Local President Joe MacGillvary says contract talks to date have not gone well.

MacGillvary attended last weeks rally in Halifax in support of NSGEU Local 66 which has been on strike since April 10. He was joined by Beth Boutlier of CUPE Local 3008 (Resi-Care), CUPE Nova Scotias youth representative.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says she has contacted the national union and has set up a meeting to put together a strike-averting campaign.

For information:
Kathy MacLeod, CUPE National Rep.
539-4933 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)