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Sydney – Two CUPE locals in Cape Breton have given their union strong strike mandates.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, “A group of 90 employees at Maple Hill Manor in New Waterford have voted 99% in favour of job action as a show of support for their bargaining committee.”

Local 2765 President Heather Fortune says, “Labour relations are extremely poor at this facility. Morale could be characterized as very low and this employer needs to take a long, hard look at how they are approaching these issues.”

A group of 85 staff at the Society for the Treatment of Autism, meanwhile, have voted 96% in favour of strike action.  Local 4172 President Elise Prestara says, “Local membership has given the bargaining committee and executive of the local a strong  mandate for no concessions in bargaining.”

MacLeod says this employer has tabled concessions, including to vacation provisions.

Both groups have Conciliation Officers appointed for their upcoming resumption of talks. No dates have been set yet.

For information: 

Kathy MacLeod    
CUPE National Representative  
(902) 539-4933 (o)
John McCracken

CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)

Heather Fortune    
President, CUPE Local 2765     

Elise Prestara
President, CUPE Local 4172