PEI waste water workers strike

CHARLOTTETOWN:  Waste water workers in Charlottetown, PEI – CUPE 501 – went on strike, Oct.17.

The CUPE PEI executive joined their picket line today.

CUPE PEI President, Milo Murray presented a cheque to the local.

The five members of CUPE 501 have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2006.  Negotiations began in Feb. 2008.

“We met with City officials last Wednesday in a last ditch effort to come to an agreement, but our efforts were not successful.  The City rejected
the new wage proposal we presented,” said CUPE Representative Bill
McKinnon.

“The City’s last offer failed to even match the monetary package recently offered to the City’s Water Department Employees and the City Police Officers,” McKinnon said. “The Employer’s proposal to the workers of the Waste Water Treatment Plant offered nothing on the Union’s other outstanding monetary issues which include vacation and standby pay improvements.”