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CUPE locals in Newfoundland are determined to “break the cycle of zeros” as they go into bargaining over the next few months.

Eight years of wage freezes and shrinking pensions and job security have put members on alert, CUPE Newfoundland-Labrador president Wayne Lucas told a bargaining conference of local presidents.

“Many of us are earning 20% less in real terms than we were eight years ago and we’re looking at a strategy to get it back,” Lucas said.

The locals will also make a coordinated effort to stop the province from continuing its erosion of the public service pension plan.