Oxford County Public Health workers to vote on employer's last offer - strike deadline extended

    WOODSTOCK, ON, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Oxford County Public Health
workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will
vote on the employer's last offer on Monday, March 17. The strike deadline
will be extended to 12:01 am on March 19.
    "We had a long and difficult mediation day yesterday and while some
progress was made, some issues were not resolved to the complete satisfaction
of our bargaining committee," said Heather Grassick, national representative
for CUPE 1146. "We feel we won't make any further progress in bargaining talks
without taking the employer's offer to our membership for a free vote, without
a recommendation from the bargaining committee. If they reject this offer, we
will be heading to a strike, unless the employer is prepared to improve their
final offer."

    CUPE 1146 members provide health inspection, health promotion, and
administrative services in Oxford County. The workers' last contract expired
on December 31, 2006.

For further information:

For further information: Heather Grassick, CUPE National Representative,
(519) 743-7781; James Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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