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(St. John’s) – The newest members of CUPE in Newfoundland and Labrador are the employees of Scotia Recycling.

Ballots were counted yesterday and the 41 employees in six locations across the province will become members of CUPE Local 1860 (Sub-Unit 1).

CUPE National Rep. Bob Matthews says, “The vote was strongly in favour of unionizing – about 75%. We’re looking forward to sitting down with their employer and negotiating a first contract for these hard-working men and women.

“They saw the sense in coming with CUPE because we are by far the biggest union representing workers in the solid waste and recycling sectors across the country,” says Matthews.

They join CUPE’s 5,800 other members in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the union’s 540,000 members across Canada.

Scotia Recycling is a Nova Scotia-based company with sorting and compacting facilities for recyclables in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Gander, Grand Falls, Corner Brook and Stephenville. It bills itself as Atlantic Canada’s leading paper recycling company.

For information:

Bob Matthews
CUPE National Rep.
709 753-0732 (o)
709 682-8741 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)