February 13, 2016, Fredericton – After being in strike position since December, CUPE Local 1783 members have accepted the final offer from the employer this Saturday.
” After much debate over this offer, the union concluded an agreement to avoid negative impacts on those who depend on this service the most, the riders,” said CUPE National Representative Ralph McBride.
Thought this offer did not correct all the concerns for the OPII’s such as Health and Dental Benefits, the members took it upon themselves to do what they felt was in the right and remain on the job. “They will take on the fight to the next round of bargaining,” said McBride.
“Local 1783 has always taken the high road to try to bargain a better deal for their members. However, at this point, they felt that it was time to move forward and relief the stress of the ridership,” concluded McBride.
The Local thanks the ridership for their understanding over the last few months and will continue to do the best they can to service them.
CUPE Local 1783 represents 43 Fredericton transit workers that operate 28 buses on nine different routes