CUPE 855 vows to continue fight for fair contract after rejecting unfair offer



    LINDSAY, ON, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Striking municipal workers at the
City of Kawartha Lakes voted overwhelmingly to reject management's latest
offer on Sunday afternoon, and vowed to continue their fight to seek a fair
contract that protects public services and respects workers.
    "We remain committed to fight for a collective agreement that's good for
our community and for workers," said Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 president. "Senior
management, who do not even live in our city, cannot impose their values on us
- our members and residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes will not allow city
management to openly discriminate against workers over the age of 65."
    Management's latest offer failed to address the outstanding issues that
led to the month-long municipal strike. Contracting out, wages, hours of work
and major concessions including denying workers over the age of 65 their right
to access health benefits and dramatically cutting their sick-leave
provisions, remain unresolved.
    "Our strong vote sends a message to the Mayor and Council to come out of
hiding and work with front-line workers to resolve this strike," said Edwards.
"For too long Council has allowed themselves to be manipulated by senior
management, and it's time Council listened to constituents and city workers,
in order to reach a deal that reflects the values of our community."
    "Senior management is more interested in putting an expiry date on
workers instead of settling this strike," continued Edwards. "A fair deal that
protects public services and respects city workers is the only way to end this
strike." The 432 municipal workers have been on strike since February 4.




For further information:

For further information: Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 President, (705)
878-2152; Alison Davidson, CUPE National Rep., (705) 760-5113; James Chai,
CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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