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NORWICH, Ont. – Town of Norwich municipal workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have asked a provincial conciliator to assist negotiations with their employer, in efforts to avoid a strike over concession demands by management negotiators.

Our members will not accept concessions,” said Mike Dunn, spokesperson for CUPE 1589.01. “Management must show respect for workers and come to conciliation to seriously address workers’ issues.” Outstanding issues include benefits and seniority.

The 14 county road and arena workers recently voted 92 per cent to prepare for strike action if a negotiated deal is not reached with the employer. Their last contract expired on March 31, 2006. Conciliation talks are scheduled for June 22.

Our members work hard for the community and we will do our best to achieve a negotiated settlement, without a strike,” said Dunn. “But management must come to conciliation talks willing to achieve a contract without provoking a strike.”


For further information, please contact:
Mike Dunn
CUPE National Representative

James Chai
CUPE Communications