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Seasonal highway employees must be re-imbursued says an adjudicator who found the privatized toll highway violates contracting-out provisions of CUPE 1190’s collective agreement.

The union grieved for six workers whose average annual work went down drastically because construction and maintenance of the Trans-Canada highway stretch between Fredericton and Moncton went to a private consortium. The adjudicator ruled that the Department of Transport contracted-out construction which would have provided additional employment for the grievors.

Over the past two years, Local 1190 has made the private toll highway a major public issue in New Brunswick.