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(Hanover) - Hanover Hydro has told office and hydro crew workers on strike to sit out there for another week. Hydros stalling is not sitting well with CUPE Local 255 members who have been on strike for wage parity with their counterparts in surrounding communities since July 24.

The workers have no intention on just sitting anywhere for another week. They will take their picket line message to Hanover Hydro Commissioner Bill Roseborough at his Hanover Travel Service office at 290 10th Street today, following the lunch hour picket.

We want to ask Roseborough how he justifies the wage discrepancy even though Hanover Hydro has trouble filling vacant positions for linesman because the wages are so low, says CUPE spokesperson Patti Keip.

Our members have been trying to reach a settlement with the employer since May 31 when our contract expired and we are fed up with being treated like second-class citizens.

CUPE representative Gwen Hewitt says an off-site meeting with Mediator Denise Howe is not scheduled until Wednesday, August 9.

For further information, please contact:

Patti Keip, Spokesperson, CUPE Local 255

(519) 364-5303

Gwen Hewitt, CUPE National Rep.

(705) 760-1125 (Cell)

Catherine Macleod, CUPE Communications Rep.

(416) 292-3999