Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

December 14, 2011 21:55 ET

93 per cent of Clarence-Rockland Municipal Workers Vote to Strike

ROCKLAND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2011) - Without a contract for almost a year and in light of the intransigence of the City of Clarence-Rockland during nine months of negotiations, 93 per cent of City of Clarence-Rockland municipal workers have voted to strike.

"It's easy for the City's negotiator to give us back a list of our proposals with 'NO' next to each item," says Jean-Marc Bézaire, negotiating on behalf of employees. "Even when the Union proposes cost-saving measures that could potentially benefit taxpayers the answer remains NO. We are still waiting for a real dialogue with respect to issues of concern to City workers," adds Mr. Bézaire.

"It appears that City negotiators have not communicated the actual state of negotiations to City Council because they all seem misinformed. This leads us to question whether anyone is steering the ship. We hope to engage in real dialogue as soon as possible before municipal services are withdrawn, because patience has its limits," concludes Mr. Bézaire.

The Union is cognizant of the importance of the holiday season for families and has purposefully delayed any disruption of services until after holiday season celebrations.

CUPE Local 503 represents all full-time municipal workers at the City of Clarence-Rockland, which include: office personnel, early childhood educators in child care centres, technologists, urban planners, building inspectors, by-law officers, mechanics, equipment operators in physical services, roads and recreation services, and others.

Contact Information

  • Jean-Marc Bezaire
    National Representative
    Cell: 613-293-8163