Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

December 05, 2014 12:26 ET

Halifax Water outside workers give CUPE a strong strike mandate

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2014) - Outside workers with Halifax Water have given their union, CUPE Local 227, a strong strike mandate.

CUPE National Representative Karen MacKenzie says, "Of those that turned out for the vote, it was 91% in favour of job action in support of their Bargaining Committee."

As per the Trade Union Act it, that works out to 78% of the total membership.

The main outstanding issues in the dispute include:

  • Seniority
  • Overtime and how it is used
  • Pension claw back
  • Wages and premiums

Local 227 President Dave Dort says, "We were confident that a settlement could be reached and were seriously working towards one but were blindsided when the employer returned on our last day of bargaining with a proposal that they knew would not get us where we needed to be.

"We now believe that Halifax Water intentionally forced us into conciliation when, in our opinion, a deal could have been negotiated," says Dort.

Contact Information

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

    Karen MacKenzie
    CUPE National Representative
    (902) 899-0840 (c)

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