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Local CNC CUPE job action ends

CNC support staff were on strike for two days this week, but have gone back to work as talks resume.

CNC CUPE support staff were on strike for two days this week, but have gone back to work as talks resume.

Support staff and human resource staff under Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4951 were out on picket lines at the CNC buildings in Fort St. James and all six regional campuses.

The job action had stopped classes for Tuesday and Wednesday, as strikers braved the cold to hold signs along Stuart Drive.

The union had advised CNC job action was likely to last for two days.

All courses, programs and services across the six area campuses were suspended until the job action ends.

The faculty and administrative staff were not on strike but were not  holding classes.

This also means the college will be extending their fee payment deadline to Nov. 23 for students to pay.

The college CUPE workers have been without a contract since 2010 and the union is currently asking for a zero, zero, two and two per cent wage hike agreement over four years, the same wage agreement which was recently given to CUPE university workers.

The government has agreed to meet with the union today (Thursday, Nov. 22).

“The PSEA is prepared to come back to the table with a reasonable

offer, but unions in this sector need to be willing to stretch if they

want to meet the expectations of their members, said Anita Black, Post-Secondary Employers’ Association CEO.

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