Marystown municipal workers vote to strike


Published on May 5, 2017

Town of Marystown

Marystown, NL — Twenty employees of the Town of Marystown have voted 90 percent in favour of taking strike action.

Ed White, CUPE national representative, was in Marystown for a meeting Thursday night with members of CUPE Local 1896, which represents municipal workers in the town.
Colin Farrell/The Southern Gazette

The workers — including clerical staff, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, labourers and water treatment plant operations — represented by Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) Local 1896, held the vote Thursday evening.
Ed White, the union’s national representative, said the meeting saw discussion on two key items.
“It was a presentation of any items that we have agreed to with the Town of Marystown and any items that remain outstanding, including a wage package,” White told The Southern Gazette following the meeting.
After that the workers held two votes.
The first ballot was to determine whether or not to accept the latest contract offer from the town.
“Our members rejected unanimously, 100 per cent of the membership rejected that.”
The next step was a strike vote.
On that ballot the workers voted 90 percent in favour of going on strike.
The union has advised the Town of Marystown and the conciliation officer of the results of the vote.
“We expect to have some conversation with the conciliation officer and, hopefully, get together next week with the town and see if we can reach an agreement.”