Board receives official strike notice from union

John Brannen
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Over 400 bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople will vote Sunday to reject or accept board’s final offer

The union representing more than 400 bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board says it will hold a vote this Sunday, Jan. 26 on the board’s latest offer

The union representing more than 400 bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board says it will hold a vote this Sunday, Jan. 26 on the board’s latest offer

The CCRSB noted that it has received official notice that CUPE, Local 3890 intends to strike if the latest offer doesn’t receive enough support.

CUPE Local 3890 President Ron Davis said that members have asked to take a look at the latest offer before them. This will take place at a special meeting this Sunday at three locations.

The presentations will take place at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma at 10a.m., Central Colchester Junior High School in Onslow at 1 p.m. and E. B. Chandler Junior High School in Amherst at 4p.m.

“We are a democratic union and believe that the members of our local must have the final say,” Davis noted.

Local 3890 members will vote on CCRSB’s final offer that was presented to CUPE’s bargaining team during conciliation on Jan. 17. The details of this final offer to come from the board aren’t known, as both sides are not discussing it publically.

In order for members to vote, they must attend one of the scheduled meetings on Sunday. In a ratification vote, only those who physically show up will have their vote counted.

“If 50 per cent plus one vote to accept then a strike is averted and it’s back to the table to hammer out the small details,” said Betty Jean Sutherland CUPE National Representative. “However, if 50 per cent plus one of the members present vote to reject, then we will be on strike.”

According to Sutherland, if the latest offer is rejected, the plan is to begin striking Monday morning, with picketing at the CCRSB office in Truro.

“We will give them the opportunity to decide on Sunday whether this latest language from the Board is enough to satisfy our concerns over contracting out,” said Davis.

Sutherland said she expects that all the votes will be tallied by 6 p.m. on Sunday, at which time it will be known if a strike is on or off.

 

 

Organizations: Northumberland Regional High School, Central Colchester Junior High School, E. B. Chandler Junior High School

Geographic location: Alma, Onslow, Amherst Truro

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