Schools go to online only learning Monday, several CUPE locals in full strike action

Krisi Marples/Courier CUPE members, seen here picketing on King. St. in St. Stephen, have been on strike since early morning on Friday, Oct. 29. On Friday, Nov. 5, GNB mandated striking health care CUPE members back to work, a move the CUPE bargaining team called "heavy-handed".

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,