HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 15, 2016) - Members of CUPE 108 Unit 1, outside municipal workers employed by the City of Halifax, gave their union a strong strike vote on July 14, 2016.

"When we explained to our members how little effort the employer made to sit down with us and negotiate, the members were understandably frustrated and disappointed," says CUPE 108 President Mark Cunningham.

"The last thing we want is a disruption of Halifax's outdoor municipal services to the residents of Halifax. Hopefully this will motivate the City to agree to discuss the issues that are important to our members and to negotiate a fair collective agreement."

Negotiations are set to resume the first week of August and the CUPE Local 108 negotiations committee is committed to bargain with the employer for a fair contract.

CUPE 108, Halifax Civic Workers, are outside workers employed by the Halifax Regional Municipality. There are over 300 members in Unit 1 including labourers, facility maintainers, gardeners, utility workers, storepersons, traffic sign and marking technicians, painters, building trades persons, fleet trades persons, engine room operators, chief plant operators, and plant operators including arena, rink, and pool.

Contact Information:

Mark Cunningham
Local 108 President
Halifax Civic Workers' Union
(902) 877-3685 (m)

Todd MacPherson
CUPE National
(902) 293-0285

Colleen Reynolds
CUPE Communications Representative
(613) 203-2253 (m)