FREDERICTON, NB. – After more than a year at the negotiation table, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1190 has applied for conciliation.
“We have been trying to negotiate a new collective agreement with the government since earlier in 2004. After all this time and almost no progress at the table, we have no other option than to apply for conciliation. It is clear that the government is using the same tactics again and is not serious about negotiations”, explained Andy Hardy, president of CUPE Local 1190 – General Labour and Trade, Part I.
CUPE Local 1190 represents more than 2,000 members who work in many departments such as transportation, tourism, natural resources, supply and services, and the community colleges.
The main issues are wages and job security. “The government wants us to agree to a winter maintenance program, which basically would eliminate the overtime during a storm. Such a concession would affect many of our workers,” added Hardy.
Another stumbling point is the job security. CUPE 1190 has a job security article for the employees hired before August 1990. “We are concerned that a number of workers are not protected if the government decides to contract out some of the work we do”, concluded Hardy.
CUPE 1190’s contract expired in December 2003.
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