On Monday, July 6, the majority of members of the NB Council of Nursing Home Union (NBCNHU) voted for the interim agreement… Mr. Plourde stated that the union bargaining team had made no concessions around the table and had obtained improvements in the language of the contract as well as a salary increase, adding that “this is the purpose of a union”. The employer had locked out its workers after they refused to accept changes to their collective agreement, which included the authorization of unpaid leave for union and sick leave. The employer withdrew its request to change the union leave and both parties agreed to a revised version of the sick leave clause. The collective agreement expired in December 2017, with the new contract covering five years until 2022. Plourde said the next fight for unions in the province was for anti-scab laws to be passed by the legislature to avoid similar long-term work disruptions in the future. The law banning “surrogate workers” was introduced in June by Kevin Arseneau of the Green Party MLA and supported by CUPE and the New Brunswick Labor Party Federation. The lockout of the Red Pine landfill in northern New Brunswick and the Acadian Peninsula was the only lockout of CUPE workers in the country.
CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Canada`s largest public sector union, represents more than 700,000 members, including more than 26,000 in New Brunswick. CUPE Collective Agreement (running on 30 CUPE 2012-2016 Serge Plourde, president of CUPE 4193 and a worker at the landfill, met with the NB Media Co-op on 29 July when he and other members of the establishments cleaned the area of their picketing in front of the landfills to block Schorf employees by their employers. CUPE 4193 President Serge Plourde and CUPE supporters on the picket line, and garbage trucks lined up outside the Allardville landfill in February 2020. Photos used by Facebook with permission. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has been under fire for proclaiming a provincial election that is both older and… Forcing the employer to remove its request to change union leave is a significant and necessary gain to fend off future attacks on unions in the province, Plourde said. “It sends a strong message that unions will stand up for the rights of their members, it`s an asset to everyone.” Susan O`Donnell is a member of the editorial staff of NB Media Co-op. Certified in 1989 as a bargaining unit, these support staff are located on the Saint John campus. CUPE Local 3339 represents St. John Campus staff working in the following categories: offices, secretariat, library assistant, craftsmen, workers and technicians. The De CupE trading group has about 55 positions.
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) welcomes the introduction of Bill 51, a law that… Read all the NB Media Co-op stories here on CUPE Local 4193. After a 24-week ban in the workplace, CUPE 4193 members voted on 28 July in favour of adopting a new contract with their employer, the Chaleur Regional Service Commission (CRSC). The CRSC dismissed the 23 workers at the Allardville landfill south of Bathurst on February 13, sparking a bitter feud that had a significant backing on local communities. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) invites everyone to support the local economy and CUPE 1190 members… Plourde attributes the victory to members of the local community as well as union leaders and leaders across the province and across the country, including CUPE national leaders. During the dispute, community members held several public meetings to assist workers and supported their local political representatives, CLSC steering committee members and local MLAs.