Union seeks conciliation to break bargaining impasse at ECBC

    HALIFAX, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing workers at
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) has applied for conciliation after
collective bargaining talks broke down early last week.
    Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its members at ECBC have
been in negotiations for their first collective agreement with the Crown
corporation since February 2008. The two sides have reached agreement on most
issues except wages.
    "This is about fairness," said Jeannie Baldwin, the PSAC regional
executive vice-president for the Atlantic region. "Our members at ECBC are
doing the exact same work as workers at Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
but are getting paid substantially less than those workers. The employer
refuses to budge on this issue despite all our efforts, so we're seeking
conciliation to see if we can resolve this impasse."
    There are 32 PSAC members at ECBC in administrative, financial and
maintenance positions at the Sydney headquarters, with another two working at
the corporation's satellite office in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

For further information:

For further information: Debbie McLaughlin, PSAC Regional
Representative, (902) 443-3541, (902) 877-0800 (cell); Jeannie Baldwin, PSAC
Atlantic Regional Executive Vice-President, (902) 445-0927

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