Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

December 02, 2011 05:00 ET

CUPE NL Pleased with Labour Relations Board Decision on Scotia Recyling

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2011) - CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says his union is pleased with a decision from the provincial Labour Relations Board acknowledging that it made a mistake in how it counted ballots in a decertification vote at Scotia Recycling.

Says Lucas, "The Board has said it should have followed its rules about what ballots would count and shouldn't have counted ballots that came in late. To rectify this, the Board is going to hold another vote."

CUPE Local 1860 is the union certified to represent employees of Scotia Recycling in Newfoundland and Labrador. It negotiated a collective agreement on behalf of those employees. Under the Labour Relations Act, some employees applied to revoke the union's certification, and be non-unionized.

Lucas says the employees at Scotia Recycling's six sites across the province will get another chance to vote on whether they wish to be represented by CUPE.

The vote will either occur 'in person' at each worksite, using a ballot box, or by mail-in ballot. Employees will be notified about which method will be used.

"We'll be meeting with those employees over the next few days and I'm confident they will continue to be part of Canada's largest union, so we can fight to improve their wages and working conditions," says Lucas.

Contact Information

  • Wayne Lucas
    President, CUPE NL
    (709) 727-2509

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (m)