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NORTH BAY – Striking workers at North Bay Hydro have vowed to stay on the line after mediated talks reached an impasse today.

“We are deeply disappointed in the attitude of North Bay Hydro,” said CUPE Local 72 President Ken Hull. “They do not value their employees to any extent that we can see.”

The 35 workers have been on strike since July 4th for a collective agreement that continues longstanding pension benefits. The company is trying to remove benefits for future retirees.

“We will not accept the concession of all benefits,” Hull said. “If we have to stay on the picket line to keep what we already have, then that is what we will do.”

The union went into mediation today expecting some movement from the company, said CUPE National Representative Steve Boyle. “We told them we would meet if they were prepared to move. They came to the table with nothing to offer at all.”


For more information, contact:
Ken Hull, President, CUPE Local 72
Steve Boyle, CUPE National Rep.,
Pat Daley, CUPE Communications,
416-616-6142 (cell)