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County, CUPE local in contract negotiations

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Northumberland County is in bargaining negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) Local 3725 for a new contract to replace the one that expired at the end of September of this year.

It represents 34 members of the county's community and social services department, just one of six unions representing county workers.

“We have had one very productive day of bargaining with a couple more days scheduled,” County spokesperson Kate Campbell stated in an e-mail about the status of CUPE Local 3725 negotiations.

Meantime, bargaining with the union representing 14 nurses at the county-owned Golden Plough Lodge seniors' residence won't begin until next year even though their contract expired March 31 of this year.

ONA Local 105 is to commence bargaining on Jan. 14, 2017, Campbell said.

Two contracts expire at the end of next year: 39 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 175 working at the Material Recovery Facility near Grafton; and CUPE Local 1748 representing all of 161 workers at the Golden Plough Lodge, no including nurses represented by ONA.

The next contract to expire is not until the end of March, 2018 and it is with the 108 paramedics working for Northumberland County (Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 381).

The last contract to come up for negotiations is not for a couple of years and that is with the 23 roads department workers (CUPE Local 1203) and it is up at the end of September, 2019.

Most of the county's administrative workers are not unionized.