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Long-running strikes and lockouts continue.

Vido0074ron employees, members of Locals 1417 and 2815, in Quebec, continue to walk the picket lines after 30 weeks off the job. These workers are putting up a heroic battle. They marched to Quebec City, directly to the Prime Ministers office, to deliver a petition signed by more than 75,000 supporters. CUPE locals are helping out by adopting strikers. Our new national strike appeal has helped them receive financial assistance from other CUPE locals as far as Vancouver. Solidarity works.

Members of CUPE 3373 in PEI, employees of Southern King Group Home, are still out after 27 weeks. They have won the hearts of the public. The strike has had excellent news coverage and a lot of support from CUPE locals across the country. Unfortunately, nothing appears to have touched the hearts of the group home board members yet.

Members of Local 4224 in Quebec, employees of Ville de Malartic, have now been locked out for 32 weeks in a fight for job security. They are holding on strongly and they know what solidarity is all about! These remarkable workers donated their own strike pay to the Vido0074ron strikers!

Members of Local 2719 in Manitoba, employees of Maples Personal Home Care, have been on strike for three weeks. The issues are wages, pensions, LTD and shift premiums.

Recent settlements include:

Local 1418 in New Brunswick, representing workers at the Rehabilitation and Therapy Centre won a wage package of 13.81% over four years after having been on strike for over four weeks. With the support of all of CUPE N.B, they broke Premier Lords wage pattern.

Local 72, representing workers at North Bay Hydro in Ontario, walked the picket lines for 16 weeks to win 3%, 2%, and 2% over three years and protected retirement benefits for current employees.

Local 3812, representing workers at Sc0075r, in Quebec, walked the picket lines for
14 weeks to win a signing bonus, wage increases, guaranteed minimum hours of work, improved RRSPs for part-timers and an increase in the number of full-time staff.

Local 181, representing employees of the Brantford Public Library in Ontario, were on strike for six weeks to win a 9% wage increase over three years. An arbitrator will decide their dispute over regular shifts for part-time employees.

Members of Local 2669 in Saskatchewan, employees of the Saskatoon Public Library, participated in a two-month rotating strike. They won a job evaluation plan and increases of 4%, 4%, and 3% over three years.