More employees at Halifax Regional Water Commission vote in favour of strike action

    HALIFAX, June 27 /CNW/ - Outside workers with the Halifax Regional Water
Commission (HRWC) have joined their inside worker colleagues in voting
strongly in favour of strike action.
    The 100 members of Local 227 - labourers, maintenance, technicians,
operators, water treatment plant operators - have voted 97% in favour of job
action to back their union's contract demands.
    CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, "This group of
workers, which are currently involved in a merger with HRM, had agreed to
extend their contract and bargain only wages because of the impending merger.
The employer is now insisting that they fund a deficit in their pension and
have insulted them with a wage offer of 1/2 %.
    "That same pension issue," says Bramwell, "prompted the inside workers in
Local 1431 to recently vote 100% in favour of strike action. I'd say this
employer has a bit of a labour relations problem on its hands."
    Local 227 members are employed in the potable water division with HRWC.
    The HRWC employees will be planning an 'information picket' in the days
ahead, in an effort to get their issues out to taxpayers and the public.

For further information:

For further information: Brian MacDonald, CUPE Local 227, 237-2963
(Cell); Jacquie Bramwell, CUPE National Rep., 240-7928 (Cell); John McCracken,
CUPE Communications Rep., 455-4180 (o)

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