Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 12, 2010 14:38 ET

Strike Vote Successful-Richmond Hill Outside Workers Ready to Strike

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - Outside workers in Richmond Hill have voted 100 per cent to strike.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 905 are trying to achieve a fair contract that includes the same wage increase as other municipal workers in the Region of York, and a one-time market adjustment to meet the municipality's Job Evaluation requirements.

"We are not asking for the moon," said Derek Bakshi, President of the local. "We know there are 79 members of the Richmond Hill management who are on the sunshine list (those who earn over $100,000); we don't earn anywhere near that. We just want a fair wage so we can support our families.

"We don't just work here, we pay our taxes here and we are members of this community and we contribute to it. In fact, our local just donated $3,000 to charity."

There are approximately 100 full time and seasonal workers in this unit. They are responsible for maintaining roads, parks, recreation centres, and ensuring that municipal water is safe and that waste water (sewage) disposal is also done in a safe and reliable manner.

On Friday, October 1, the union asked for a conciliator to join the negotiations in hopes that a third, objective party might assist with gaining a fair contract.

Contact Information

  • Grant Dart
    CUPE National Representative
    705 641-0968
    Wendy Forbes
    CUPE Communications
    416 292-3999