TRURO – A local union representing a number of Town of Truro employees has passed a strike vote.
CUPE Local 734 had a union meeting Wednesday night and a strike vote was taken and passed. Onslow Mountain resident Jason Cavanagh, president of the local that represents about 60 employees from the water treatment plant, parks and recreation, environment and transportation departments, confirmed with the Truro Daily News the union had the strike vote and will begin conciliation talks in a few weeks.
“I can’t disclose,” any specific details, including what the major issues were or how many people voted to strike.
“It was a strong vote,” he said.
According to a news release from the Town of Truro on Thursday afternoon, the contract the town had with CUPE expired on April 30 of this year and since then the town and union have been involved in negotiations to settle a new contract.
The release also indicates that in July, the union “unilaterally walked away from the bargaining table during ongoing negotiations and applied for conciliation,” which is scheduled to take place next month with the assistance of a provincially-appointed conciliator.
The town “has a concern with the union’s decision to take a strike vote before conciliation has even taken place,” and how that vote may affect the way CUPE will approach the conciliation process … and “will continue to work toward that goal,” continues the release.
In light of the strike vote, the town will begin plans to continue with essential services should a strike occur and ensure that our services continue for the residents of Truro.
Conciliation talks are set for Oct. 28 with assistance from the Department of Labour.