DAY 13 PICKET LOCATIONS (7am to 6pm)
REGION 1 – CAMPBELLTON
Main: CORNER CHEMIN VAL D’AMOUR & DOVER
REGION 2 – MIRAMICHI
Main: WALK UP AND DOWN THE ROAD FROM NEWCASTLE SHOPPERS TO MILLER AVENUE AND BACK
Overflow: WALK UP AND DOWN THE ROAD FROM MCDONALDS ON KING GEORGE UNTIL TIM HORTONS AND BACK
Overflow: WELLINGTON & UNIVERSITY
***REGION 3 – MONCTON***
Overflow: Champlain mall
REGION 4 – SUSSEX
Main: CORNER OF MAIN & MOFFETT
Overflow: CORNER OF LEONARD DRIVE & MAIN
REGION 5 – SAINT JOHN
Main: MCALLISTER DRIVE AREA
Overflow: LANDSDOWNE & MAIN
REGION 6 – FREDERICTON
***11am-6pm at the Legislature***
Main: WALK UP AND DOWN THE ROAD FROM FREDERICTON INN TO ARNOLD STREET LIGHTS AND RETURN (SOUTH SIDE)
Overflow: WALK UP AND DOWN THE ROAD FROM WALLACE & MAIN TO FULTON & MAIN AND BACK (NORTH SIDE)
REGION 7 – WOODSTOCK
Main: CORNER OF DEAKIN/CONNELL TO EVERETT/CONNELL & BACK
REGION 8 – ST. STEPHEN
Main: CORNER OF ROUTE 170/QUEEN ST WEST UP TO SUPERSTORE & BACK
REGION 9 – EDMUNDSTON
Main: CORNER OF BOULEVARD HÉBERT AND RUE DE L’ÉGLISE
Overflow: WALK UP AND DOWN VICTORIA STREET IN FRONT OF SUPERSTORE INTERSECTION
REGION 10 – PERTH
Main: CORNER OF TRIBE ROAD AND DOWN RTE 109
REGION 11 – BATHURST
Main: CORNER OF SAINT PETERS AND ROUTE 180
Overflow: CORNER OF ST-ANNE AND ST. PETERS TO SUPERSTORE AND BACK
REGION 12 – TRACADIE
Main: corner of rue Principal and Du Moulin
REGION 13 – SAINT QUENTIN
Main: 4 rue Saint-Camille, Kedgwick
REGION 14 – BOUCTOUCHE
Main: OVERPASS BETWEEN TIM HORTONS AND IRVING, AND BACK
In front of Gold Medal Restaurant
corner of route 134 and rue Cartier
Corner of York & Main BUT closer to the Dollar Store side
On the sidewalk in front of Irving to the Esso (Renfrew & Goderich)
Madawaska & Broadway
***11am-6pm Legislature in Fredericton***
Overflow: One Gateway drive (roundabout)
Canada Post to WWE Smith General store, and back
Corner Route 10 & Union Street
Boulevard St-Pierre Ouest, between Tims & the mall, do not pass Tims
In front of the mall
Intersection Pêcheur North and Rue Principale, do not pass the Coop
Corner of Pettes Cove Drive & Route 776 (up from ferry terminal)
On the sidewalk in front of Canada Post to the General Store and back
On the sidewalk in front of Canada Post Canada Post to Town Square and back
Corner of Landegger Drive and Route 105
Corner of Hospital and Route 105
Corner Egbert/Principale Rd (Close to Pub 981)
Intersection of Campbell Drive / Hampton Road and Pettinghill Road
Overflow: Marr Road / Hampton Road and Clark Road
During a press conference held on November 9, 2021, CUPE Local 963, representing workers at Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) released the results of their strike vote. “Members voted overwhelmingly to strike, with 97.7% in favour,” said Local 963 President Jamie Agnew.
The overwhelming strike mandate comes along very high participation, with over 521 having cast their vote among the 566 workers who are part of Local 963. The vote was conducted from November 3 to November 6, 2021.
“The Crown Corporation retail and warehouse employees are mobilized and ready. They have voted to strike over fair wages and respect from their employer, and they mean it,” said Agnew.
Workers are notably frustrated by the Premier’s obstruction to block the tentative deal they had reached a year ago with ANBL Management. “We had a deal, and Higgs blocked it because our deal did not fit in his plan to freeze public sector wages,” added Agnew.
“Wages that go above the cost of living is the priority,” said Agnew. “Whether in retail or at the warehouse, our members have been going full tilt since the pandemic started, delivering record sales. They definitely deserve a fair deal,” he added.
In 2020-2021, the Crown Corporation reported a record sales result to date: $506 million and a net income of $199 million.
“We did all we could to respectfully get this solved at the table, but the employer has forced these workers to strike. Hopefully, we can reach a deal with GNB before our members hit the picket lines on November 16,” said Agnew.
Local 963 represents more than 566 members in the 41 publicly owned and run retail outlets and warehouses of ANBL.
Hon. Premier Higgs and honourable members of cabinet,
The Centralized Bargaining Team was presented with your last package on November 4th, 2021, in which wages clearly remained contingent on Local 2745 and Local 1253 signing a memorandum of agreement on Pension reform.After the delegation presented your offer to the Centralized Bargaining Team, we responded with a counteroffer,which the Treasury Board received in the early morning of November 5th.
We continue to hear you saying in the media and directly to our members that they should vote on “the offer”. We ask that you come back to the table immediately to resolve this labour unrest and provide clarification as to what“offer” you are referring to. We have yet to receive a response to our counteroffer.
We want to clarify: for members to vote, there needs to be a signed tentative agreement reached between the parties (Finance and Treasury Board & Centralized Bargaining team). There is no tentative agreement at this time. The tentative agreement and ratification process is a long-standing process that both sides fully understand.
The Centralized Bargaining team would like to reiterate that on August 17, 2021 you met with the leaders of these locals to propose a Centralized Bargaining format to deal with wages. You also stated that all other nuances would be negotiated at each individual table after the wages were agreed upon. Since then, you have made wage offers contingent to two locals’ pension reform.
Furthermore, in the last package, the wage offer was contingent to the Locals agreeing to remove all outstanding items that remained on the bargaining tables. In our opinion, that would include the pension plans for Local 1253 and Local 2745 as they are also outstanding items.
We ask that you respond to the Centralized Bargaining Team’s package that you received on November 5th, 2021 or return to the bargaining table to resolve the wage package. The sooner this can happen, the sooner the frontline workers can return to work to provide frontline services for all New Brunswickers.
The CUPE Centralized Bargaining Team
Fredericton, NB — Yesterday, Premier Higgs and Minister Ted Flemming announced that they were forcibly ending the strike for healthcare workers (CUPE Local 1252) and workers in health services supply chain and laundry and linen services (CUPE Local 1190 and 1251).
The mandatory order came into effect at 11:59pm. It became apparent this morning that although the order mandated all CUPE Local 1252 and some CUPE Local 1190 and 1251 members back to work, employers were informing some healthcare workers they were still on strike and needed to go back to the picket line.
“The Premier and Minister Flemming announced a mandatory order under the pretense of protecting the health and safety of New Brunswickers. However, we are now learning that many workers are being turned away from work today. We are questioning what the real goal of the order is,” said Norma Robinson, CUPE Local 1252 president and member of the Centralized Bargaining Team, “Mr. Higgs, you will not break our solidarity. We will not be divided”.
The CUPE locals will use every legal avenue available so members’ charter rights are protected. The Order appears to stifle free collective bargaining and is a direct attack on the Union that dared to stand up for frontline workers in this province.
“Our members were upset, but prepared to go back to work this morning,” said Brent Wiggins, CUPE Local 1190 president and member of the Centralized Bargaining Team. “Now, they are being told their services are not needed. Using heavy-handed tactics to attack members’ rights instead of signing a collective agreement is nonsensical.”
“The strike continues and we will see you in court,” said Chris Curran, President CUPE Local 1251 and member of the Centralized Bargaining Team.