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VON workers vote 98 per cent in favour of work stoppage

Just a week after their counterparts with the school board went on strike, CUPE members with the Cumberland VON have voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike.

Just a week after their counterparts with the school board went on strike, CUPE members with the Cumberland VON have voted overwhelmingly in favour of going on strike.

AMHERST – Home support workers with VON Cumberland District have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action if they are unable to negotiate a settlement in their current round of bargaining.

"The vote was taken on Monday and we had 82 of 100 members vote. The results were 81 in favour of strike and only one against,” said CUPE national pepresentative Grant Dart. "That is 98 per cent of those who voted. We hope this sends a strong message to this employer that the members of CUPE Local 3953 are serious about reaching a fair deal."

Dart says both sides have met with the conciliation officer once already and will get back together at the end of this month.

The CUPE representative said the union is looking forward to getting back to the negotiating table as soon as possible.

“We look forward to getting back to the table and, with this strong support of the employees behind us, are hopeful VON will come to the table as prepared to reach a deal as we are," he said.

Organizations: CUPE Local 3953

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