Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal workers vote 100% to strike against concessions



    BROCKVILLE, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Municipal workers at the Township
of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal voted 100 per cent in favour of a strike, if a fair
deal is not reached with their employer. The workers, members of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE), are fighting against their employer's
concession demands.
    "Our members work hard for residents, and we can't accept concessions
that will take us backwards," said Wayne Lefebvre, president of CUPE 2311.02.
"Our members are standing together to achieve a fair contract without any
rollbacks." The Township wants to change contract language that will affect
working conditions.
    "Bargaining has been frustrating because of a lack of respect for our
members," said Lefebvre. "We urge council and management to come to
conciliation talks with a respectful attitude that will help resolve the
outstanding bargaining issues, otherwise we have no choice but to go on strike
to win respect and a fair contract." No dates have been scheduled for
conciliation talks.
    The 15 municipal workers provide services in public works, equipment
operations and parks and arenas. Their last contract expired on December 31,
2006. Other outstanding bargaining issues include wages and job security
language.




For further information:

For further information: Wayne Lefebvre, President CUPE 2311.02, (613)
802-2006; Donna Carlaw, CUPE National Representative, (905) 373-5002; James
Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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