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HALIFAX – The two unions representing workers at the Halifax Regional Water Commission have given their employer two weeks to get back to them on a counter-offer.

CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, “Both CUPE locals met in Conciliation talks last week.  Local 1431 met on August 29 and Local 227 on August 30.

The employer has agreed to take it to their Board of Commissioners and, as a show of good faith, we have given them this window.

The union believes this counter-offer will resolve all of the outstanding issues and bring this round of bargaining to a successful conclusion.  The ball is now in the Board’s court,” says Bramwell.


CUPE says HRWC has agreed to give them a response no later than September 12 and agreed to one additional meeting, if needed, on September 17.

Says Bramwell, “We continue to believe we can settle this dispute without a disruption in service.”

Due to a recent HRM decision to merge its water and wastewater operations, CUPE locals 227 and 1431 now represent all unionized workers in both water and sewage operations throughout the regional municipality.

  For information:


Jacquie Bramwell                                           John McCracken

CUPE National Representative                       CUPE Communications Representative

240-7928 (Cell)                                             455-4180 (o)