Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 01, 2012 06:17 ET

Halifax Regional Water Commission employees soundly reject employer's 'final offer'

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2012) - Unionized employees with the Halifax Regional Water Commission (HRWC) have soundly rejected a so-called final offer from their employer.

CUPE Local 227 President Dave Dort explains, "In a vote held last night, our members sent a definitive message to HRWC: we deserve a new contract that is fair and reasonable and enables us to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living in this city.

"Like all working families, our members are watching the price of everything go up around them - home heating costs, gas, groceries, post-secondary education, you name it," says Dort.

"These workers do not want to go on strike and view it as a last resort. Nobody wants to see a disruption in service to HRM residents. But they deserve fairness and respect and they have not received that at the bargaining table," he says.

CUPE National representative Marianne Welsh, who bargains on behalf of Local 227, says, "This bargaining committee did everything it could to reach an agreement it could recommend to the membership. The employer's wage offer, however, is far below what has been achieved in the municipal sector in other parts of the province.

"This is the same employer who sat across the table and told the union it had 'buckets of money'. Well, it's time the Halifax Regional Water Commission started sharing some of that wealth," says Welsh.

The 225 water and wastewater employees voted 94% in favour of job action in strike votes held November 20 and are currently in a legal strike position, which means they can exercise their legal right to strike following 48 hours notice to their employer.

Contact Information

  • Dave Dort
    President, Local 227
    (902) 237-0125 (m)

    Marianne Welsh
    CUPE National Rep.
    (902) 455-4180 (o)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    (902) 880-8057 (m)