Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 18, 2014 13:49 ET

Strike vote tonight for Mount Pearl municipal workers

MOUNT PEARL, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2014) - The 140 members of CUPE Local 2099, inside and outside workers with the City of Mount Pearl, will hold a strike vote tonight, at 7:00 pm at the Mount Pearl Hotel.

CUPE National Representative Ed O'Keefe says, "Based on the city's offer to us to date, the union expects a large turnout for the vote and a strong strike mandate from our members."

O'Keefe says while they are currently in conciliation, talks are not going well. They are in a legal strike or lockout position as of today, September 18.

Outstanding issues include retiree benefits, wages and the TRIO pension plan.

Local President Bob Martin says, "The city has tabled a major concession to our retiree benefits. While managers will continue to have health benefits for their entire retirements, they want to cut CUPE members off at age 70. This is despite the fact that the benefits are paid for 100% by plan members, not the city.

"This issue alone is enough to prompt our members to vote for job action," says Martin.

Contact Information

  • Bob Martin
    President, Local 2099
    (709) 746-2177 (m)

    Ed O'Keefe
    CUPE National Representative
    (709) 753-0732 (o)

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