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Pugwash – Employees of Sunset Services, a Residential Care Facility (RCF) in Pugwash, have voted 92% in favour of strike action if necessary, to support their bargaining team in negotiations.

A Conciliator filed a report to the Minister today saying a negotiated settlement could not be reached, which begins a 14-day countdown to a legal strike deadline.

The 100 members of CUPE Local 972 provides services to Sunset which provides a residential centre, group home, supervised apartments and a vocational training centre. They are Residential Counsellors and support services staff at the facility.

The major outstanding issues are the employer’s position that a higher shift and weekend premium negotiated as part of a provincial settlement does not apply to casuals and an adjustment offered to journeymen cooks is being withheld from cook supervisors who are also journeymen cooks.

For information:

Carl Blackwell
President, CUPE Local 972
(902) 243-2624 (h)

Carl Crouse
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 752-2244 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)