NEW BRUNSWICK – It’s been a full few days of information coming from the provincial government and CUPE; here’s the lightning round main points to bring you up-to-date.
- Early morning of Friday, Oct. 29, CUPE locals moved into strike action on the heels of talks between CUPE and the province breaking down
- This impacts some 22,000 provincial employees from CUPE locals:
- 1190; provincial park workers, road crews, plow drivers, and mechanics
- 1253; school district custodians, maintenance workers, and bus drivers
- 1418; social workers, probation and parole officers, human resource development officers, correctional programmers, clinical psychologists, recreation and culture program officers
- 2745; Educational support staff (educational assistants, admin assistants, school intervention workers, student attendants, and library workers
- 5017; community colleges
- Amongst other services, ferries are not running as a result of the strike action
- All schools in the province will move to online learning beginning Monday, Nov. 1, and will remain as such until further notice.
- On Friday, in a live press briefing, Premier Blaine Higgs said he would consider several options including back-to-work legislation if strike action impacted the provincial pandemic response
- On Saturday, Oct. 30, GNB issued a press release stating strike action has “hindered” the provincial pandemic response
- CUPE refuted Higgs main points regarding talks via an infographic on Friday
For full details check out the Tuesday, Nov. 2 edition of The Saint Croix Courier and for updates, watch our website, www.stcroixcourier.ca