Thursday, December 12, 2013
CUPE Local 3260 Walks the picket line in support!
Wayne Wright Editorial Cartoon
CUPE National President Paul Moist Visits
Three weeks before Christmas, the Town of Kensington has locked out its unionized employees. The members of CUPE Local 4893, consisting of Police Officers, Communication Technicians, Public Works and Janitors, were told that as of December 4, 2013, all employees excluding Police Officers will be locked out.
Our contract expired in April 2013. After five days of bargaining with the Town of Kensington in May, the parties were unable to reach an agreement. That's when the union filed for conciliation. The outstanding issues all relate to equality and fairness for this group of employees, things like On-Call Pay for part-time Police Officers, wages and the duration of the contract. We are not asking for anything more than what other Town of Kensington employees have received. This lockout will undoubtedly affect services provided to the residents of Kensington. Although there is no good time for workers to be locked out by an employer, it is certainly cold-hearted for this employer to lock us out less than three weeks before Christmas!
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Prince Edward Island Division is dedicated to advancing the efficiency of public employees generally and the labour movement as a whole. CUPE PEI is involved in promoting suitable legislative measurers within PEI to further the interest, aims and objectives of CUPE members, as well as promoting the maximum participation of locals in the Canadian Labour Congress and the PEI Federation of Labour. CUPE PEI also assists in the organization of unorganized workers generally, and public employees in particular. CUPE PEI actively promotes educational, legislative, social and other activities as may assist CUPE locals on PEI and strives for honourable means to adjust difficulties that may arise between our membership and their employers.