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WATERVILLE, N.S. – Unionized employees at Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville (KRRC) have given their union a strike mandate.

CUPE Local 1472 President Cathy Cooke says, “Our efforts to reach a negotiated settlement with this employer have been futile to date. We hope this strike vote sends a signal to KRCC that its employees are frustrated with the length of time it has taken to get a new contract.”

The union says 78% of those who voted were in favour of strike action.

Cooke says, “We can only conclude that bargaining a new contract for its employees appears to be a very low priority for this employer. Our last contract, a three-year deal, took over two years to bargain. We’re now more than 15 months without a contract this time around,” says Cooke.

Outstanding issues include:

  • Outstanding casual employment issues from the last round of bargaining
  • Increase in family leave benefits
  • Dental plan improvements

Local 1472 represents some 320 frontline workers at the Kings Regional Rehab Centre.

For information:

Cathy Cooke
President, CUPE Local 1472
(902) 538-9578 (w)

Peter Baxter
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)