CUPE municipal workers stand with Esterhazy workers at SUMA convention

CUPE represents over 5,000 municipal workers in 40 locals across Saskatchewan. Among these locals only the Town of Esterhazy is not protected by a collective agreement.

This weekend, Joe Richardson, president of CUPE 5428, joined the Municipal Employees’ Steering Committee (MESC) at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association AGM to demand a fair deal for Esterhazy workers.

“Three years is too long to go without a collective agreement,” said Dylan Breland, Vice-president of CUPE Saskatchewan and a member of the MESC. “We are here today to urge the Town of Esterhazy to make bargaining a first collective agreement a priority. We also want to show the members in Esterhazy that Canada’s largest union has their back.”

The local has been without a contract since they voted to join CUPE in April 2019. The employer has been refusing to negotiate a fair first collective agreement. Earlier this year the Ministry of Labour appointed a mediator to help negotiate an agreement, but little progress has been made.

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