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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2016) - (LSN) Members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 87, who work for the City of Thunder Bay, held a rally on Monday in advance of City Council meeting.

"Our members are sending a clear message to City Council that we need a willing partner to get a fair deal," said Karen Martin, president of Local 87. "It's been nearly two years since our contract expired. It's time to focus on negotiating a settlement." 

After nearly two years since their last contract expired, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 87, representing approximately 700 inside and outside municipal workers in Thunder Bay, has requested a "no-board" from the Ministry of Labour. This has triggered a strike or lockout deadline of 12:01 a.m. November 1st.The parties have been bargaining for over a year, and remain apart on a number of key issues.

"The employer is seeking concessions to our benefits plan, and on a number of basic collective agreement rights," said Martin, "and this is a problem. We deliver quality public services in Thunder Bay every day - our goal is to negotiate a fair deal for our members, and to keep delivering those services."

The parties have talks scheduled for October 31, with a provincially appointed mediator.

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