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CUPE 569 ratifies new contract with City of St. John’s

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The members of CUPE 569, outside municipal workers at the City of St. John’s, voted to accept a new collective agreement Monday evening.

“Bargaining began on May 31 and this round of negotiations was successfully completed in two months,” said CUPE National Representative Debbie Turner. “Also, no concessions were brought forward by the employer.”

“Both sides were committed to reaching an agreement that’s fair for both workers and for the city,” said CUPE 569 President Gord Evans. “There were no wage increases in the previous agreement and so wages were a priority for our members this time around. We’re satisfied with the outcome of this round of bargaining, especially taking into consideration the high cost of living these days.”

The collective agreement includes wage increase of 11% over four years with a $1,000 signing bonus. This monetary increase is below forecasted inflation, which the Bank of Montreal estimates as 7.4% in 2022 and 5.0% in 2023. Other improvements to the collective agreement include language on bereavement leave, shift premiums, and training.

“Ratification of this deal is proof positive that a fair deal can be reached, respectfully and effectively, through the collective bargaining process,” said CUPE NL president Sherry Hillier. “Congratulations to everyone, on both sides, who worked hard to reach this deal.”

“Thank you to our bargaining committee and staff for their hard work, and thanks to our members for their support as we worked to negotiate this deal,” added Evans.

CUPE 569 represents approximately 400 outside municipal workers employed at the City of St. John’s who work in the parks department, fleet repair, sanitation, road maintenance, water and wastewater, traffic department, humane services, and property management.

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Tentative agreement reached between CUPE 569 and City of St. John’s

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 569 reached a tentative agreement today with the City of St. John’s. The union represents approximately 400 outside municipal workers.

No further details on the tentative agreement will be made public until it is ratified by the local’s membership. A ratification vote by union members is scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2022.

“I want to thank the bargaining committee for their hard work in reaching this deal. We’re pleased to recommend the agreement to our members,” says CUPE 569 President Gord Evans.

“Hopefully, this agreement will show city council in other municipalities that collective bargaining works and that workers deserve fairness and respect,” says CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier.

CUPE 569 represents outside municipal workers employed at the City of St. John’s who work in the parks department, fleet repair, sanitation, road maintenance, water and wastewater, traffic department, humane services, and property management.

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“We Are Mount Pearl” outdoor billboard campaign

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Billboard with image of a cityscape and text that says: "Support CUPE 2099 workers. City workers want to go back to their jobs. You can help. Visit WeAreMountPearl.ca."The mayor and council’s unwillingness to treat municipal workers fairly is causing disruptions to the services we all rely on. The city’s failure to negotiate a fair contract has caused the reduction and/or shut down of programs, services, events, and facilities. CUPE 2099 workers keep Mount Pearl running, but city council seems determined to jeopardize it all.
Today, the members of CUPE 2099 launched a campaign with nine outdoor billboards in the Mount Pearl area – view the locations on Google Maps. They’re asking the public to send a letter to the mayor and councillors to help workers get a fair deal.

Help City of Mount Pearl workers get back on the job

Please go to WeAremountPearl.ca and send a message to the mayor and councillors and ask them to negotiate a fair deal with city workers.

What’s happening?

No one wants to be on strike, but the city refuses to bargain a fair collect agreement. After almost four months of trying to reach a deal with a difficult and unreasonable employer, the members of CUPE 2099 made the difficult decision to take job action. Unless a new agreement is reached, city services, programs, events, and facilities will continue to be negatively impacted.

One of the main issues is that the city wants set-up a two-tier system with inferior benefits for new hires. The members of CUPE 2099 won’t accept a contract that doesn’t provide the same rights and benefits for all workers.

Also, with the rate of inflation at the highest it’s been in 40 years and with the soaring cost of living, these workers need a reasonable wage adjustment. But the City of Mount Pearl doesn’t care about these workers and their families, or good jobs and quality services.

About CUPE 2099

CUPE 2099 represents more than 200 municipal workers who work in recreation services, administration, taxation and finance, road maintenance, water and sewage, facilities maintenance, landscape maintenance, engineering, and planning.

Many of them are your neighbours, friends, parents, and members of the Mount Pearl community. They’re the people who are always there for us when we need them, even through difficult times like snowmageddon and the pandemic.

They love what they do – delivering quality municipal services.

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CUPE national president and secretary-treasurer to join municipal workers at event in Mount Pearl today at 12 p.m.

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Mark Hancock and Candace RennickCUPE National President Mark Hancock and CUPE National Secretary-treasurer Candace Rennick will be in Mount Pearl today, to support striking municipal workers who are members of CUPE 2099.

Media and the public are invited to attend a “Community Appreciation and Solidarity BBQ” today from 12 to 2 p.m., located at the city depot at 59 Clyde Avenue, Mount Pearl.

The members of CUPE 2099 are inviting Mount Pearl residents, friends, family, pets, neighbours, union members and allies to this event. Complimentary BBQ food and beverages will be provided, including Ziggy’s PeelsGoods fry truck. Everyone is welcome!

Speakers and special guests:

  • Mark Hancock, CUPE national president
  • Candace Rennick, CUPE national secretary-treasurer
  • Sherry Hillier, CUPE NL president
  • Ken Turner, CUPE 1349 president

“We want to take this opportunity to thank our community for their support during this difficult time,” says Ken Turner, CUPE 2099 president. “After almost four months of trying to reach a deal with a difficult and unreasonable employer, the members of CUPE 2099 made the difficult decision to take job action. Our members want to get back to doing what they love – delivering quality public services.”

To continue municipal services and avoid further disruptions, CUPE 2099 is asking residents to go to WeAreMountPearl.ca and send a message to the mayor and councillors, asking them to negotiate a fair deal with workers now.

CUPE 2099 represents more than 200 municipal workers who work in recreation services, administration, taxation and finance, road maintenance, water and sewage, facilities maintenance, landscape maintenance, engineering, planning, and more.

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On strike at the City of Mount Pearl!

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Illustration of a fist raised in protest with text that says: CUPE 2099, strike, Mount Pearl municipal workersMunicipal employees at the City of Mount Pearl went on strike this evening. The members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2099 have been in collective bargaining with the city since March.

CUPE 2099 represents more than 200 municipal workers who work in recreation services, administration, taxation and finance, road maintenance, water and sewage, facilities maintenance, landscape maintenance, engineering, planning, and more.

“We don’t want to be on strike, but our employer refuses to bargain a fair collect agreement,” says Ken Turner, CUPE 2099 president. “One of the main issues is they want to set-up a two-tier system with inferior benefits for new hires. We won’t accept a contract that doesn’t provide the same rights and benefits for ‘all’ workers.” 

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Mount Pearl municipal workers take to the airwaves with new radio ad

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Image of a pair of over-ear headphones and text that says: CUPE 2099; New radio ad from the municipal workers, City of Mount Pearl; listen.Updated July 7, 2022

Municipal workers with the City of Mount Pearl, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2099, are launching a radio ad campaign today in an effort to reach a tentative agreement with their employer. The ad urges the public to contact city council and ask them to bargain a fair contract with workers.

CUPE 2099 represents more than 200 municipal workers who work in recreation services, administration, taxation and finance, road maintenance, water and sewage, facilities maintenance, landscape maintenance, engineering, planning, and more.

The union is making every effort to reach a deal and to avoid a possible strike or lockout, which could happen any day now and would disrupt municipal services for residents and businesses.

“We want the employer to stop attacking our health benefits plan. We won’t accept a collective agreement that doesn’t provide the same rights and benefits for all workers,” says Ken Turner, president of CUPE 2099.

The ad is airing on VOCM, K-Rock, and HOT 99.1.

Listen to the ad

The following is a message from CUPE 2099, Mount Pearl municipal workers.

They take care of garbage collection, roads, administration… as well as rec. centres, pools, sports fields, and more.

The city wants to make cuts to their health plan and set up a two-tier system with inferior benefits for new employees.

CUPE won’t accept a contract that doesn’t provide the “same” benefits for “all” workers.

We’re proud to deliver quality, public services in Mount Pearl. Please tell city council to bargain a fair contract with workers.

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Mount Pearl municipal workers to hold rally at city hall today at 5 p.m.

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Municipal workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 2099, will be holding a rally in front of the Mount Pearl City Hall today at 5 p.m., at the same time the mayor and councillors will be holding a city council meeting.

“We want the concessions and two-tier proposals made by the city removed from the table and we want them to bargain a fair wage adjustment. We won’t accept a collective agreement that doesn’t provide the same rights and benefits for all workers and a reasonable wage adjustment,” says Turner.

CUPE 2099 is making every effort to reach a deal and to avoid a possible strike or lockout, which could happen as early as 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

WHERE: 3 Centennial Street in Mount Pearl, NL

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28 starting at 5 p.m.

WHO:

  • Members of CUPE 2099 and President Ken Turner
  • CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier
  • Supporters from other unions including: CUPE 3034, Conception Bay South; CUPE 569, St. John’s; CUPE 1289, St. John’s; CUPE 1615, Memorial University; and others.


CUPE 2099 represents more than 200 municipal workers who work in recreation services, administration, taxation and finance, road maintenance, water and sewage, facilities maintenance, landscape maintenance, engineering, and planning.

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CUPE public sector workers launch TV ad in Newfoundland and Labrador

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This week, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador launched a TV ad campaign, speaking out about the damage that will be done if Premier Andrew Furey’s plan for the economy, known as the “Big Reset”, is allowed to continue.

The TV ad is now airing on NTV and will begin on CBC on June 27. A digital campaign is also being launched, asking the public to “Reject the Reset” and stop Premier Furey’s plan to destroy our public services. A message to the premier and MHA’s can be sent via the campaign website at RejectTheResetNL.ca.

Watch the ad below. 

“As frontline providers of public services, we are worried about the damage that will be caused by Premier Furey’s plans to privatize services and sell-off provincial assets,” said Sherry Hillier, CUPE NL president. “With the premier’s plan, we’ll lose control of services, costs will rise, and quality will suffer.”

“Thousands of good jobs will be lost,” adds Hillier. “At a time when the cost of living is soaring, we need to invest in public services, not make cuts. Public services make life more affordable and more equal for everyone.”

“We’re also alarmed about the creation of one provincial ‘superboard’ health authority and the impact that it will have on patients, staff, and quality of care. We’ve seen it happen it Nova Scotia and it’s a disaster,” says Hillier.

“Our government needs to act quickly to protect our public health care system and ensure that every resident of Newfoundland and Labrador has access to quality care, when and where they need it. With the premier’s plan, hospitals and clinics in rural areas will be lost. Decisions about health care services will be based on profit margins. Also, Furey’s plan means parents will have less of a say in their children’s education,” says Hillier. “We must act now and ‘reject the reset’.”


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Municipal sector CUPE locals unite to discuss bargaining strategies

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Members from several CUPE locals in Newfoundland and Labrador met on the evening of May 18, 2022, to convene the CUPE NL Municipal Occupational Group (NLMOG).

Photo of meeting of the NL Municipal Occupational Group (NLMOG) in a boardroomFormed in 2006 and re-activated at the meeting held Wednesday, the group discussed ways of building solidarity by encouraging new and inactive locals to participate in the group as well.

CUPE national servicing representatives and CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier facilitated the discussion with municipal local executives, focusing primarily on the challenges with employers’ current bargaining trends and participation in CUPE’s provincial Reject the Reset campaign.

The collective agreements for CUPE locals 569, 1289, 2099 and 5459 all expire on June 30, 2022.

Participating locals include:

CUPE 569 St. John’s (outside workers)
CUPE 1289 St. John’s (inside workers)
CUPE 1349 Town of Grand Falls-Windsor
CUPE 2099 City of Mount Pearl
CUPE 3034 Town of Conception Bay South
CUPE 5459 St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

The CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador Municipal Occupational Group (NLMOG) represents approximately 1,800 members working in the municipal sector as heavy equipment operators, recreation workers, city inspectors, planners, taxation, administration, and many other job classifications.

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