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Thursday, August 29, 2002 (Fredericton) – Talks broke off today between the province and CUPE Local 1418, representing more than 1200 social workers and other front line professionals.

“The government’s negotiators tabled exactly the same proposals as they did on June 21,” said Anne Hogan, President of Local 1418. “We don’t understand why they bothered to call us back to the table. We arrived today, ready to negotiate and hopeful that we could reach a settlement. Instead, we wasted our time.”

The members of CUPE 1418 voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike last June. However, the executive of the local decided to postpone taking action, in the hopes that a negotiated settlement could be reached. A strike date has since been set for September 4.

Outstanding issues include wages and measures to address recruitment and retention of staff.


For more information:

Anne Hogan 506-858-9960

Laurie Kingston 613-266-1415