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City transit workers voted to strike

Fredericton transit workers voted early last week to move towards a strike by declining the city’s final offer for increased wages. This could mean a strike by the transit workers.

CUPE representative Ralph McBride told CBC New Brunswick’s Terry Seguin that CUPE 1783 rejecting the city’s offer would put the workers in a legal strike position.

The transit workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees 1783 (CUPE 1783), and have been negotiating with the city for wages closer to that of transit workers in other New Brunswick cities for over a year.

Fredericton city bus drivers make roughly $22 per hour, around four to six thousand dollars less per year than bus drivers in Moncton. Closing that gap is their main goal for the negotiations.

The Daily Gleaner reported that 73 per cent of the transit workers voted to reject the offer. Buses have kept running since but that may soon change.

McBride later told reporters that the bus workers were been doing strike preparation training through last week. The union would need to make 24-hour notice before declaring a strike.

Later talks between the city and the union representatives produced no useful results.

More information on the potential strike will be made available soon, keep up to date at thebruns.ca.

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