CUPE says outside workers/city reach impasse in negotiations

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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says St. John’s outside workers — members of CUPE Local 569 — have reached an impasse with the city of St. John’s in contract negotiations.

A news release by CUPE says the city is proposing a defined contribution plan for all new hires, instead of the defined benefit plan, which has been in place since 1973.

“We recognize there are some challenges for the city with the defined benefit plan, and we have tabled options for dealing with those challenges,” says CUPE National Representative Ed White.

“However, the city has ignored all of our proposals.”

The union says it has been insistent that all employees, present and future, have a defined benefit plan which pays modest but secure benefits.

“We are doing everything we can to reach an agreement, but we can’t throw the futures of new employees under the bus, or threaten the benefits of current employees,” White says.

Inside city workers, members of Local 1289, are scheduled for conciliation on Sept. 15.

CUPE Local 569 represents 450 workers who provide services such as garbage/recycling collection, snow clearing, street maintenance and water and sewer.

Local 1289 represents 370 workers whose services include clerical, building permits and inspections, parking enforcement and recreation.

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