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As workers who serve the public on a daily basis, CUPE members are on the front lines of public health crises, and the current onset of the coronavirus is no different. The airline industry has been particularly hard hit since the Canadian government updated its travel instructions for China and advised the public to avoid unnecessary travel to China. I thank the cabin crew and other workers who, despite the risks, have attacked this outbreak. I understand the stress and confusion this creates and encourage our members to use the union`s resources and expertise. Our local airlines and components monitored the situation closely, communicated with our members and advised them as best they could with the help of our health and safety specialists. The agreement provides for a salary increase of 11.5% over the duration of the contract, an adjustment of the crafts in the first year and a retroactive reimbursement to 1 January 2019. Fredericton made history on Feb. 13 by sending its outbound workers who keep the city moving a lockout notification that included snowplow and other heavy machine operators, water and sanitation system managers, engineers and service technicians. CUPE 508 issued the strike notice on February 13 after another futile day at the bargaining table without an expanded offer from the municipal administration.

The collective agreement expired in December 2018, and since then it has mainly been about fair wages. External workers in Fredericton are paid less than their colleagues in Moncton and other municipalities across the province. The locals are waiting for a decision that would finally allow them to start their negotiations with a real right to strike in their arsenal. Congratulations to the employees of The Riverine Retirement Home in Napanee who have just obtained their first collective agreement as members of UFCW Local 175. Negotiations for. See article CUPE 3766 and CUPE 650, which represent employees of the Regina Public School Board, continue to fight for a fair contract.