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BARRIE Two CUPE Locals representing 180 unionized employees with the County of Simcoe will be in mediated talks this Friday, July 14.

CUPE Locals 2710 and 3110 are bargaining jointly, and trying to negotiate a new contract on behalf of county workers. Local 2710 represents 120 social services workers, while 3110 represents 60 clerical, technical, custodial, and maintenance workers at the county Administration Centre and the Museum/Archives.

A legal strike or lockout would not occur before July 19. There are several outstanding issues still on the table. They include:

* Job Evaluation and long overdue implementation of internal equity;

* Job security issues;

* A decent wage increase;

* Employer demands for changes to seniority and job postings language.

Both CUPE locals are committed to achieving a negotiated settlement to this dispute. To that end, they have written to all county councillors urging them to take an active role in ensuring the new contract is both fair and reasonable.

For information:

Bev Patchell, President, CUPE Local 2710

(705) 835-5168 (h)

Roger Wilson, President, CUPE Local 3110

(705) 734-9941

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.

(416) 292-3999 (o)

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