Important message from your Negotiation Team

CUPE 1253 Council has been protecting this Collective Agreement for 52 years. Your Collective Agreement is under attack. It appears this government is trying to strip away our Bargaining power. Your 1253 negotiation team along with all other CUPE locals in this province are continuing to fight back. We are saying no to concessions. To do this we will need continued support from you, the MEMBERS.

This has been the process to date

  • We gave notice to bargain Oct 1st, 2018
  • We exchanged proposals June 5th, 2019
  • To date we have been at the Bargaining table negotiating with the employer approximately 15 days. Your Union has offered many more dates to bargain with the Employer but was unsuccessful in securing more dates.
  • Your Bargaining team went in with a mandate from you the Members. Our Top 3 priorities are Wages, Pension, Job Security

On January 15th your bargaining team met with the employer, we were unable to reach an agreement.

The Employer is looking at the possibility of changing our Defined Pension Plan.

Our job security is under threat with contracting out.

This is the Employers Wage proposal

Apr 2019     .25%                                                 Apr 2021     .25%

Oct 2019     .25%                                               Oct 2021     .25%

Apr 2020     .25 %                                              Apr 2022      .25%

Oct 2020     .25 %                                              Oct 2022     .25%


Your Negotiation Team has rejected this latest proposal.

The team has informed the employer we are making application to the Labour Board for conciliation.

On January 24th your negotiation team filed for conciliation. This means the Labour Board will appoint a Conciliation Officer to assist both parties in trying to reach an agreement.

This does not mean we cannot return to the table at any time, our current collective agreement still applies.

There are steps that must be followed going through the conciliation process.

We will continue to keep you updated in the process. In the meantime, please support your Bargaining team by wearing either your Breaking the Mandate shirt or a black shirt on Fridays. Together we will continue to Bargain Forward for the best of this membership.

In Solidarity,
Your 1253 Negotiating Team