North Bay – Hydro workers represented by Local 72 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted 88% to reject their employer’s final offer after mediation talks failed to reach a settlement yesterday. Members also voted 97% to confirm strike action.
“We had a very high turnout and our members have confirmed our strike mandate,” says Local 72 president Ken Hull. The local is poised to strike Wednesday night at midnight
(12:01 am July 4).
“The employer wants to cut retiree benefits for workers who are about to retire,” says CUPE national representative Steve Boyle. “That will hurt this community and hurt these workers when they need their benefits the most.”
No further talks have been scheduled between now and Wednesday night’s strike deadline.
“The last thing we want is a strike,” says Hull. “We just can’t accept a concession that will impact so many workers and their families today and in the future.”
For further information, please contact:
Ken Hull, President, Local 72
705-474-8112, ext. 257
Steve Boyle, CUPE National Representative
Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications