Pincher Creek The members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 927 are determined to get a decent wage increase and maintain employee benefits in the current round of contract talks. The town employees voted 83% against the employers final offer at a union meeting on July 24.
The towns last offer is an insult, said Bev Norman, CUPE national representative. The town wants to roll back benefits and is refusing to acknowledge the valuable work these people do in this community. Across the province, hard working Albertans are gaining wage increases. The employees of the Town of Pincher Creek deserve the same, she added.
The vote came after attempts to resolve the bargaining dispute through the help of a provincial mediator. The Town of Pincher Creek is offering only 6 per cent over three years and at the same time wants employees to take a reduction in extended health care benefits. The 14 CUPE members are now in a position to consider job action.
We are going to consider our next steps, including a possible strike over these issues, said Norman. Now is certainly not the time to step backward. The wage offer does not even cover cost of living increases. And, these employees deserve the same kind of wages benefits as other municipal employees have in communities across the province, she concluded.
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For further information:
Pam Beattie CUPE Communications
(780) 484-7644 or (780) 288-1230 (cellular)
Bev Norman, CUPE National Representative