Whitby municipal workers deliver strong strike mandate

    WHITBY, ON, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Municipal workers at the Town of Whitby
voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike, over issues of fairness and respect,
if a fair agreement cannot be reached with their employer.
    "The strong strike vote demonstrates our members' unity and determination
to win a fair collective agreement," said Karen Wilson, president of CUPE 53.
"We work hard to serve our community and we expect to be treated fairly and
with respect."
    The 230 'inside' and 'outside' workers, represented by the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE), deliver key municipal services including garbage
collection, snow removal, sanding, planning, administration, parks, arenas and
recreation services.
    "Management must come back to the bargaining table with a more respectful
attitude towards our members and the work we do," said Wilson. "All we are
looking for is a fair deal that recognizes our members' contribution to our
community." Conciliation talks are scheduled for January 11. The workers' last
contract expired on March 31, 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Karen Wilson, CUPE 53 President, (905)
925-2873; Betty Sommers, CUPE National Rep., (905) 439-7044; James Chai, CUPE
Communications, (416) 292-3999

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