CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Cambridge 'outside' municipal
workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), turned
out in record numbers last night to endorse a new three-year collective
agreement without any of the contract concessions demanded by their employer.
"This is a 'no roll-back' contract," said CUPE 32 president Paul Walsh,
opening the ratification meeting to thunderous applause. "I want to thank the
many city workers who were instrumental in organizing and carrying out our
campaign strategy to fight management's concession demands."
"This new agreement is a victory for our 'fairness and respect'
campaign," said Mark Charboneau, CUPE national representative. "Cambridge
residents supported our fight to be treated fairly and we are relieved that
council finally recognized the value of our work." In a separate meeting on
Monday evening, city council also ratified the new agreement.
"We are hopeful that management will show leadership and work more
co-operatively with workers, rather than forcing our members to wage a public
campaign to fight for respect in the workplace," continued Charboneau. The new
contract includes health and benefit improvements, and a three per cent wage
increase in each of the three years of the agreement.
For further information:
For further information: Mark Charboneau, CUPE National Representative:
(519) 743-7781, (519) 242-9768 cell; James Chai, CUPE Communications: (416)