Talks break down between CUPE 933 and Cape Breton Regional Municipality

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, May 10, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Negotiations between municipal workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 933 and their employer, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), have broken down, and the union has filed a today a request for assistance from a conciliator with the Nova Scotia Labor Board.

“After only four days of negotiations, the employer presented its final position to us, even though we were still far apart on certain issues. To submit a final offer at such an early stage is unusual and quite disappointing, said CUPE National Representative Tammy Martin.

“We would welcome the opportunity to return to the table and continue negotiations,” said CUPE Local 933 President Daniel Colbourne. “While we’ve been successful with some contract language improvements, we’ve fallen far short on others.” Some of the outstanding issues include wages, bereavement leave and parental/adoption leave.

“In addition, there is a pay equity issue that is still unresolved for our members working as special constables,” says Martin, “which is unfortunate because if we go to arbitration to resolve the issue, instead of take it to the bargaining table, it could cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. I hope the employer will see that it makes more sense to settle the matter now, through negotiation.

“We want the employer to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair collective agreement,” adds Colbourne.

CUPE 933 represents approximately 150 members who work at CBRM Civic Works Centre, CBRM 911 Integrated Emergency Services and Sydney Dungeon.

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Colleen Reynolds
CUPE Atlantic Communications

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