NBCC, CCNB among 10 CUPE locals expected to hold strike votes next week

September 7, 2021
10 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) locals, including the union representing staff at New Brunswick Community College and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, are expecting to hold strike votes next week. Workers in the unions have been without contracts since between 2016 and 2019, and CUPE New Brunswick president Steve Drost says the workers “feel they’ve been backed into a corner.” CUPE NB states that the provincial government walked away from the bargaining table, and CBC reports that the strike vote will likely go ahead even if a wage package is agreed upon. “The members feel it’s necessary to have a very strong message to government that they are expected to resolve these contracts,” said Drost. CBC | CUPE NB (NB)