NEW BRUNSWICK – In a press release issued late in the evening of Saturday, Nov. 13, the Government of New Brunswick announced it has reached a tentative agreement with CUPE in parts I, II, and III of the public service which have been on strike for just over two weeks.
The CUPE bargaining team, was representing seven locals amounting to some 20,000 public sector employees.
“All strikes and lockouts end immediately,” states the release. “Employees will return to work as soon as operationally feasible.”
Details on the opening of schools across the province are under discussion, and plans are to release the information Sunday, Nov. 14.
According to the release, both parties agreed not to provide details on the tentative agreement pending ratification.
In a release issued by the CUPE bargaining team an hour after the GNB release, it was announced “…CUPE 2745 and CUPE 1253 arrived at a proposed Memorandum of Agreement regarding the pension plans that was taken back to their respective bargaining teams for consideration.”
The release goes on to say the bargaining team and GNB reached a “proposed wage package” that has been taken back to “local bargaining teams for consideration”.
The CUPE release also says CUPE 963, ANBL, is currently finalizing a tentative agreement with ANBL management.
“As part of the proposal, members will be returning to work as soon as possible, during the voting process.
“There will be no picket lines tomorrow.”
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