John McCracken | CUPE Communications

HV Goose L. 2019After being locked out for four weeks and two days in the middle of winter in Labrador, 43 members of CUPE 2019 have protected their defined benefit pension plan.

“From the outset, we knew there was a pension solution that did not include moving to a divisive, two-tiered plan and I am very pleased to say we were able to achieve that. With these negotiated changes, this pension plan is sustainable well into the future,” said CUPE national representative Ed White.

The picket line was held strong during the lockout, and there were no negative incidents. “We stood shoulder to shoulder, union brothers and sisters, in some very harsh weather and fought back this concession. We didn’t have one single incident on our picket lines. That speaks volumes for the character of these men and women,” said CUPE 2019 president Glen Pittman

This was an important win in the struggle to defend strong workplace pension plans. “When the labour history books are written, these workers will be known as the little local that could! What a great example of a fight-back campaign that we now have for CUPE’s 3,000 locals across the country,” said CUPE NL president Wayne Lucas.