NEWS RELEASE – January 9, 2015

Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay Disappointed that Talks with CUPE Local 2019 Stalled

The 11th Council of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay wishes to inform the public that after lengthy negotiations, talks have stalled with members of CUPE Local 2019. Unionized workers are in a legal position to strike.

Council heard the concerns which lead to the strong strike mandate; pension, wages and contract duration. In an effort to address these concerns, Council offered to guarantee the Defined Benefit Pension Plan for current employees, they maintained a 20% increase in wages, and proposed a five year deal instead of six years. This is in addition to offering a $2,500 signing bonus and a shift differential premium. Unfortunately, the Union’s immediate response after the strike mandate was an offer that left both parties further apart.

“We, as Council, find ourselves in a challenging position. A lock out of our employees was never our intention, however recent circumstances have forced us to review all of our options.” stated Mayor Snook. “We will continue to be available to negotiate. In the meantime, the Town is prepared to maintain essential services and the Council will not risk the future sustainability of the Town in the process.”