2003-2004 Co-ordinated Bargaining

2003-2004 Co-ordinated Bargaining


NAPE, CUPE Members Mark Death of Collective Bargaining

<p>NAPE, CUPE Members Mark Death of Collective Bargaining</p><p>St. Johnís, NL, April 26, 2004óNAPE and CUPE are asking their striking members to set aside Tuesday, April 27 as a day of mourning for the death of collective bargaining in Newfoundland and Labrador.</p><p>Striking NAPE and CUPE members can mark this sad occasion by taking down their picket lines, and leaving their unlit fire barrels, their vacant shelters, and lonely picket signs to mark the darkest day in the history of labour relations in this province. </p><p>Some sixteen thousand members of NAPE, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees, together with some four thousand members of CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, have been engaged in a legal strike since April 1, 2004. Today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador gave the first reading of legislation in the provincial House of Assembly to end the strike and impose a collective agreement, including concessions. The proposed legislation contains some of the most punitive measures in Canadian labour history, including unheard of fines and a threat to fire striking employees who do not return to work.</p><p><br />For further information, contact:</p><p>Judy Snow<br />NAPE Communications<br />(709) 687-8551 (cell)</p><p>or</p><p>John McCracken<br />CUPE Communications<br />(902) 222-8457</p>