CUPE social workers in Thunder Bay in legal strike position on Friday

    OTTAWA, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Eight members of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) local 3844, working at the Physical and Sexual Assault
Crisis Center in Thunder Bay, could go on strike as soon as this Friday. A
final mediation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 4th with a third party
representative from the Ministry of Labour, but no real progress is expected
from this last series of bargaining.
    "We have been at the table since December of last year, and there has
been no real improvement on the main issues," explains Mike Walters, CUPE
representative. "These employees have received very small wage increases in
the past few years and the employer is only offering less than 2% total for a
two year deal," said Walters.
    Disappointed by this process and looking for a fair deal, members of CUPE
local 3844 gave strong support to their bargaining committee. At a special
meeting in May, they voted 100% in favor of giving their committee a strike
    As Walters underlines, this does not mean that a strike is unavoidable:
"The priority of our members is to keep doing their job and continue helping
the people of Thunder Bay who are in need. But in order for us to work in
decent conditions, some important issues need to be addressed at the
bargaining table. We still hope that Wednesday's mediation meeting will allow
us to avoid a strike action but we are ready for the worst case scenario."

For further information:

For further information: Mike Walters, CUPE National representative,
(807) 345-1731, Cell: (807) 708-5223

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