TRURO – Bus drivers and other employees of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board affected by a potential strike will be holding a vote on Sunday to consider their employer’s latest offer.
“We are a democratic union and believe that the members of our local must have the final say,” CUPE Local 3890 president Ron Davis said in a news release issued Thursday.
“We will give them the opportunity to decide on Sunday whether this latest language from the board is enough to satisfy our concerns over contracting out,” he said.
The union had earlier expressed the possibility of taking approximately 400 bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople out on strike as early as Monday after talks with the board broke down last Friday over contracting out issues.
The union had proposed going straight to binding arbitration to avoid a strike but the board rejected that offer during an emergency meeting Tuesday night.
Details of the latest board offer have not been made public.
High school students are scheduled to begin writing their exams on Monday.
“We have had a number of our members ask us to present this offer to them and that will take place at a special meeting this Sunday at three locations,” Davis said.
The Sunday meetings will be held at
Central Colchester Junior High School in Central Onslow at 1 p.m.;
Northumberland Regional High School in Alma, 10 a.m.;
E. B. Chandler Junior High School in Amherst, 4 p.m.