Municipal workers in Cornwall have given their union a strong strike mandate following votes held over the last two weeks. The workers, who are represented by CUPE Locals 234, 3251, 3251-01 and 5734, work for the City in “outside” jobs, “inside” jobs, at the library, and as paramedics. Their combined average strike vote was 93 per cent in favour of taking strike action if necessary. No strike/lockout deadline has as yet been established.
Members of CUPE 1136 have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying a new five-year agreement. The tentative agreement was reached last week after multiple bargaining sessions and the District of Summerland has also voted in favour of ratifying the agreement.
Canada’s jobless rate has declined to 5.7 per cent, the lowest it’s been in over 40 years. But despite the tighter labour market and competition for workers, pay increases for most workers are barely keeping up with inflation.