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Montague Residents of Montague are in for a surprise this Wednesday as the striking women of Southern King’s Group Home prepare to sing alternative Christmas carols for their community, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Family, friends and a busload of CUPE New Brunswick supporters will join them as they sing equity-charged carols on Main Street, says CUPE representative Bill McKinnon.

After delighting and educating the community with songs like We all want some bread and roses to the tune of We wish you a merry Christmas the crowd will make their way to the Dynasty banquet room for some hot apple cider.

As the women rest their throats and warm their toes the community plans to offer them free-range chickens and a Christmas tree donned with donations.

The women of Local 3373 have been on strike since May 29th. They’re paid a third less than workers in the same classification with the same employer 40 kilometres away. They have no benefits and they’re paid 44 hours a week when they work 54, says McKinnon.

Meanwhile the employer won’t come to the table despite having four board members who enjoy union benefits - and provincial leaders say they don’t really have a role in the talks.

But these women fight tough and they fight smart, says McKinnon. They have obvious community support and the CUPE family is there to help keep their spirits high.

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For more information:

Bill McKinnon, CUPE Representative, (902) 566-4006 (office), (902) 439-1055 (cell)
Richard McGrath, CUPE Communications (613) 237-1590 (office), (613) 296-8438 (cell)