Even as the COVID-19 global emergency stretches on, our union’s work to defend the rights of our members from attacks by employers still carries on. Since February 13, the 23 members of CUPE Local 4193 have been locked out by their employer – the Red Pine Solid Waste Facility in Allardville, New Brunswick. Almost three months later, there still appears to be no end in sight.

Earlier this winter, after 12 days of conciliation, their employer declared an impasse after our members refused to accept their concessions. Months later, in the midst of a global pandemic, their employer is still trying to break our members’ spirits.

We are reissuing our call for all CUPE chartered organizations across the country to help CUPE 4193 in their pursuit of a fair collective agreement, by sending letters of support and financial contributions to Local 4193 members.

These are difficult times for all of us – even more so for our members who have been locked out. But we will stand strong and united, as we always have, to defend our members when they are under attack.

Financial support can be sent to Local 4193, attention Serge Plourde, President, 4246 Road 134, Allardville, New Brunswick, E8L 1H2.