Bus drivers, custodians, tradespeople remain on strike
AMHERST – The resolve of picketers in front of Amherst Regional High School appeared strong Tuesday morning, although some said they would have preferred to do it in a warmer time of year.
The striking members of CUPE Local 3890 were one of several groups picketing across the region, as negotiations continue between the union and the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
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Striking custodians, bus drivers and tradespeople were in place picketing at both ends of the driveway at Amherst Regional High School on Tuesday, as the workers continue to demand job security from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
“Everything’s been going pretty smooth so far,” said Wayne Hurley, one of the picket captains on site. “We’ve been getting a lot of support from the people, which is really good.”
Picketers were in place at both ends of the driveway at ARHS during the morning, with second shifts planned to come in during the afternoon. Enthusiasm among the striking workers seemed high as motorists honked their horns as they drove past on Willow Street.
Picketers were also in place at Springhill High School.
As for the strike itself, Hurley said their leaders were in talks but there were no updates as of Tuesday morning.
“We’re hoping everything prevails and this thing gets settled,” he said. “We’re hoping, so we don’t have to be out here doing this, because this is just very unnecessary.”
More than 400 custodians, bus drivers and tradespeople are on strike to demand job security from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
Members of Local 3890 voted 54 per cent during a ratification vote Sunday to strike, leaving the board's 20,000 students to find their own transportation to and from school, as about 100 buses are off the road.
All extra-curricular activities have been canceled, and schools will not be available for use by non-school groups. Cleaning is also down to nights and weekends and will be carried out by management and non-unionized staff.
Rumours began to circulate Monday that the two sides agreed to mediation, but those rumours were quashed by John McCracken, the communications representative for the union.
(With files from Raissa Tetanish, TC Media)