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CUPE is calling on the executive director at North of Superior Programs in Thunder Bay, Ont., to resume talks to end a strike that has dragged on since June 25.

Mediation talks scheduled for Aug. 6 have been put off another week because the executive director is suddenly unavailable.

We have to question where our executive directors priorities lie, said Diane Atkinson, a CUPE Local 3253 spokesperson. Shes hurting our clients more than shes hurting us. The Board of Directors needs to take over if we have any hope of settling this strike.

Social service and support workers at the agency went on strike after management proposed a three-year contract with no wage increases. Some board members have called publicly for a resumption of talks to settle the strike, but a rumored board meeting to get an update on negotiations did not take place.