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School board employees could hit picket line

CUPE Local 3890 has noticed the school board that it intends to go on strike on Monday.

CUPE Local 3890 has noticed the school board that it intends to go on strike on Monday.

AMHERST – A strike by 450 bus drivers, custodians and tradespeople at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board could begin Monday.

The school board has received word from CUPE Local 3890 that they intend to begin their strike action on Monday, which coincides with the start of exams for high school students. Exams will go ahead as planned.

As has been previously communicated, CUPE will hold a ratification vote for members on Sunday.

As more information is received, CCRSB will update students, parents and guardians via www.ccrsb.ca, Twitter (@ChignectoCRSB) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChignectoCRSB).

Information will also be released to media outlets.

Organizations: CUPE Local 3890, Central Regional School Board, ChignectoCRSB

Geographic location: Chignecto

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  • Doug P
    January 27, 2014 - 10:06

    Keen observers will notice the a union members greatest chance of unemployment comes from his own union. Hows that for job security at work. In this case, the leaders of the Union forced all of its members to become unemployed for nothing. I am against all unionism that has government legislation backing it. It is nothing more than gangs on the loot with zero regard for economics and economy.

  • Doug P
    January 27, 2014 - 09:55

    Unions stand on threats of violence and intimidation. If you believe otherwise, then why picket? The picket line is for one purpose only: to violently stop any one going to work in the union members resigned position. The other threat that unionism rests on is the loss of your position if you try to leave the "brotherhood". I am in a union and a member against my will. Unionism has my trade captured along with me as a mandatory member. Unions live in a fairytale world where you can both quit your job (strike) and keep it at the same time.

  • Mediaboy
    January 26, 2014 - 17:37

    Apparently the members of CUPE local 3890 are oblivious to the decline in the local economy during the last two years that has led to the closure of many businesses and layoffs at others. These people are darned lucky to have jobs, and it would only take minutes to hire new workers at the old rate to fill their positions. And anyone who believes it's a coincidence that the strike is coming just when exams are about to start probably believes in the tooth fairy as well.

  • know it all
    January 26, 2014 - 14:32

    well jek we all know u are a janitor or whatever u call yourselves - well I didn't get a 15-20% raise and either are u - can u say do u want sugar with that

  • Realistic
    January 26, 2014 - 10:01

    Why did this strike which hasn't even happened yet force cancellation of this past weekends sporting events at local schools? You won't earn any sympathy from here if you mess up my kids education - you've already lost most of it with the prospect of finding a way to get our kids to & from school even if classes are still on.

  • jek
    January 24, 2014 - 21:38

    maybe you shouldve read the article

  • jek
    January 24, 2014 - 21:37

    There contract expired 22 months ago and been negotiating for nearly a full year get your facts straight and it has absolutely nothing to do with wages again another fact you should look into.

    • Doug P
      January 27, 2014 - 09:32

      Nonsense! It's always about wages and benefits. If it was not then why strike? Unionism is a religion: the belief that threatening other people can raise their wages or benefits somehow. Unionism has and will always be about threats of harm to any one willing to work your now vacant positions. No union official or member dares to admit it because if the wider public understood this they would remove their support of it altogether. Unionism set a bad example that other then follow. If the union membership was voluntary it there would not be a strike. This how you now its a crock, any organization you can't leave is up to no good.

  • Bubba Jay
    January 24, 2014 - 18:14

    I bet there are more than 450 people willing to do their jobs for 25% less, fire them all and hire new.

  • Doug P
    January 24, 2014 - 14:49

    They per-meditated a strike to coincide with the "middle of exams for high school students"- - - For that simple fact alone I would personally re-hire all new bus drivers for letting their gang leaders hold your children's education testing as a casino chip over money in their pockets. Shame!!!

    • Lisa Davison
      January 25, 2014 - 14:52

      Well Doug P, as a CUPE 3890 member I can only say that we began negotiations almost TWO years ago...so that would have to be some pretty savvy premeditation on our behalf, but I am sure you are well aware of all the actual facts, right? Our local has children in all of the schools we work at, to suggest we would do anything to harm their education is ludicrous. The employer has no desire to negotiate...leaving us where we are today.

    • Lisa Davison
      January 25, 2014 - 14:53

      Well Doug P, as a CUPE 3890 member I can only say that we began negotiations almost TWO years ago...so that would have to be some pretty savvy premeditation on our behalf, but I am sure you are well aware of all the actual facts, right? Our local has children in all of the schools we work at, to suggest we would do anything to harm their education is ludicrous. The employer has no desire to negotiate...leaving us where we are today.

    • Robert
      January 25, 2014 - 21:43

      Sorry, Lisa.. not buying it. If you wanted to avoid any disruption for the kids, you could simply go on strike in the summer... but that wouldn't hurt as much, would it? You can't use the kids as leverage in the summer, could you? This is a normal public union tactic. Hold the people hostage so you can leverage the best deal you can. You want to prove me wrong? Go on strike in the summer... not during the school year.

  • Doug P
    January 24, 2014 - 14:39

    So they are threatening that they will quit unless they get their wage demands? But they can attack anyone who wants to work their old job. Sounds criminal to me. ________________________________________________________________ "The weapon of the trade union is the strike. It must be borne in mind that every strike is an act of coercion, a form of extortion, a measure of violence directed against all who might act in opposition to the strikers intentions." - Mises

    • Saddened
      January 27, 2014 - 07:38

      Why all the negative comments? Is it simply jealousy that causes these commenters to post such horrible things? You'd take their job for 25% less? Don't they call that a job at a big box store? We have so many of our young people forced to move away from the maritmes just to earn a decent wage. Yet when some of our own are lucky enough to secure a union job with decent wages and god forbid maybe even a pension plan, the ""have nots" roar with rage! For those who are so darn willing to take their jobs for less money, go apply at a call Center. They are crying for people who will work for less! Where are you during blueberry season, when the farmers are desperate for rakers, yet none can be found? Although I am sadly not fortunate enough to be a unionized employee my father was for many years. I remember as a kid visiting him at the picket line and hearing nearly every car that passed honk their horn in support. Passerby's would tell them to stay strong, stay the course. Now the employer is the hero & the worker is the villain? Mission accomplished then, big business and government has managed to brain wash a vast majority of Canadians into believing that fair wages, retirement plans and the right to fair bargaining is a bad thing. Thank god for all of those part time , minimum wage jobs. Surely they will keep us warm and fed in our golden years! To the bus drivers, I don't personally know any of you, but I support your right to fair wages, the right to strike and the right to exercise those rights. If I happen to pass your picket.line, I will be the one honking my horn in support!