[MOUNT PEARL, NL] - The significant number of City of Mount Pearl workers who voted against a new contract ratified Sunday by 61 per cent of employees could spell trouble when the contract is up in four years, says the union.
Dawn Learning, national representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees — Local 2099 represents 139 municipal workers in Mount Pearl — said the union hoped more of its members would be satisfied with the deal, which ended a lockout that began in late September.
“It’s a hard call for a negotiating committee to make,” she said. “You’ve got people on the street, you know that people are in financial difficulty, a lot of them in really significant financial difficulty — it was three weeks. … Most of our members live from cheque to cheque.”
Learning said it will likely take a long time to overcome the dissatisfaction of workers who voted against the deal. Wages were a factor, but not the only one, she said.
“Not having achieved a higher wage was probably one of the reasons people voted against it, but there were other things as well,” she said, but added she couldn’t say what factored into the decisions of people who voted against the deal.
Mayor Randy Simms said he’s not concerned that the number of workers who voted against the deal could cause problems when the contract is up in 2018.
“When you have a rather difficult and tight negotiation, it’s not surprising that you’d…
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