Region of Durham municipal workers vote 97% to strike for fair contract



    OSHAWA, ON, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to achieve a fair
contract, municipal workers in the Region of Durham voted 97 per cent in
favour of a strike, if a fair contract is not reached with their employer.
Over 400 'outside' workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE), have been without a contract since March 31, 2008.
    "Our goal is to reach a fair contract," said Dan McGregor, president of
CUPE 1785. "Our strike mandate sends a clear message that we want progress at
the bargaining table."
    The outside workers provide water, wastewater and sewage treatment
services, maintenance of roads, water and wastewater systems, as well as
collection and sorting of solid waste at transfer stations in the Durham
region.
    "We are hopeful that the region will come to conciliation talks with the
clear intention of bargaining and addressing the outstanding issues,"
continued McGregor. "We are keen to move bargaining forward and reach a
settlement so our members can continue delivering important public services
for Durham residents."
    Conciliation talks are scheduled for September 22. Outstanding issues
include wages, benefits and job security.




For further information:

For further information: Dan McGregor, President CUPE 1785, (905)
261-8354; Joe Matasic, CUPE National Rep., (905) 433-4760, (905) 439-1270;
James Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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