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Bargaining talks breakdown between CBU and administrative workers

By Joe Thomson Jun 29, 2023 | 11:28 AM

Cape Breton University (Photo: cbu.ca)

Cape Breton University has already had to deal with one strike earlier this year. After talks between the school and administration workers broke down, they may be facing their second.

Administrative and support workers at CBU, represented by CUPE Local 3131, have filed for conciliation. The workers are seeking an increase in wages to keep up with the rising cost of living in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

It’s the second time in 2023 that the university could not come to a deal with one of its workers unions, without the help of conciliation. CBU faculty walked off the job in January. A deal was reached later in February.

“From 2020 to 2022, David Dingwall had a salary increase of 33%, and that’s before all the additional benefits he receives as the University President. During the same period, our salary increase has been just 3.8%. We’re the people who pay CBU’s bills, but on these salaries, we can’t pay our own,” said local president Allana Serroul, via press release.

While a conciliator has been appointed, a date for the conciliation meeting has yet to be set.

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