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Elliot Lake municipal workers to enter conciliation talks – hope to settle contract without a strike or lockout

ELLIOT LAKE, ON – Local 170 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) received a 100 per cent strike mandate from City of Elliot Lake municipal workers, in support of their bargaining committee’s efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement on behalf of 56 inside and outside workers.

We have asked for a provincial conciliator to assist with the negotiations that have so far been difficult to resolve,” said Don Gillis, president of CUPE 170. “We want to assure residents we will do everything in our power to settle our contract without a strike – all we are looking for is fair treatment, like other employee groups with the city.”

Two days of conciliation talks have been scheduled for November 18 and 19, with the assistance of a Ministry of Labour conciliation officer.

It is our goal to reach a contract agreement through dialogue and negotiations, as we have done in past rounds of negotiations,” said CUPE National Representative Rick Alexander. “This strike mandate shows our members’ resolve to achieve a fair and equitable collective agreement.”

A strike or lockout would affect office and clerical functions at City Hall, snow removal services, swimming pool operation, airport maintenance, parks and recreation services, as well as water and wastewater treatment.

Our members are dedicated public servants and we are proud of the services we provide to Elliot Lake residents, and we want to reach a negotiated settlement,” said Gillis. “A strike can be averted if management negotiators and municipal council show equal determination to reach a settlement at the bargaining table.”

For further information, contact:

Don Gillis
CUPE 170 president:
Tel: 705-849-8284

Rick Alexander
CUPE National Representative:
Tel: 705-949-6221
Cell: 705-257-8325

Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications
Tel: 416-292-3999