September 21, 2010 11:58 ET
NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - Close to 400 employees in three Pictou County long term care facilities have given their union a strong strike vote.
CUPE Local 2330 President Nan McFadgen says, "Members employed at Glen Haven Manor, Valley View Villa and the Maritime Oddfellows Home cast their ballots in a strike vote on Monday, September 20.
"They have voted 96% in favour of job action if we are unable to reach a negotiated settlement."
CUPE National Representative Wayne Thomas says, "As part of CUPE's provincial bargaining with government, we will return to the table on September 30 for Conciliation talks. We need to get serious about addressing the issue of wage parity for our more than 3,500 members in this sector."
"The only outstanding issue in contract talks is wage parity with our counterparts in acute care. Equal pay for work of equal value – that's what we are fighting to defend," says Thomas.
CUPE represents health care workers in 36 long term care facilities across the province.
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