Talks break off between CUPE and Halifax Regional Water Commission

    HALIFAX, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The union representing employees at the Halifax
Regional Water Commission (HRWC) says talks have broken off and the clock is
now ticking toward a strike.
    CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, "We have asked the
Conciliation Officer to file his report to the minister saying we were unable
to reach a negotiated settlement. Once that report is filed, we will be 14
days from a legal strike deadline.
    "The union has strong strike votes from both the inside and outside
groups at the HRWC. This employer continues to insist on a pension proposal
that is going to prompt a work stoppage," she says.
    CUPE Local 227 members are employed in the potable water division with
HRWC, including some 100 labourers, maintenance, technicians, operators and
water treatment plant operators.
    CUPE Local 1431 represents about 50 customer service clerks, engineering
information technicians, engineering technologists, information support techs,
operations techs and operations support staff.
    In May of this year, the wastewater and storm water division of HRM was
merged with the HRWC bringing many more employees into these two CUPE locals.
    Underground sewer lines, storm water lines, wastewater treatment
facilities and pumping stations are now the responsibility of the HRWC.

For further information:

For further information: Jacquie Bramwell, CUPE National Rep., (Cell)
(902) 240-7928; John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o)

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