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HALIFAX - The strike at Cole Harbour Place is over with workers there winning improved wages and a lump sum payment.

Forty-five members of CUPE Local 108 went on strike June 17. The custodians, security guards and operations staff at the HRM recreational facility ratified a new offer from their employer today.

The new contract includes the following improvements:
  • Salaried employees will receive a 4.5% wage increase July 1, 2002; 2% November 1, 2002; 1.5% April 1, 2003 (8% total).
  • Hourly Employees will receive $1.00 an hour July 1, 2002; .50 cents November 1, 2002; .25 cents April 1, 2003 ($1.75 total).
  • All employees will receive an immediate lump sum payment, starting at $1,250 and moving downward based on hours worked.
  • Six employees will immediately be reclassified to permanent part-time and will receive paid benefits. This brings the total to 21.
  • In addition there were other previously agreed to, non-monetary items that Cole Harbour Place will also implement
CUPE National Representative Larry Power says, “This is a good start for these workers, who have clearly been underpaid. We plan to build on these improvements in the next round of bargaining.”


For further information:

Larry Power, CUPE National Representative
(902) 454-6369 (o) - (902) 225-2729 (cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)