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CUPE Strike / Lockout  #LSN_News

THUNDER BAY, Ontario,  October 27, 2016  (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay’s largest union, CUPE Local 87, with more than 600 Thunder Bay city workers will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 am on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

“We continue to negotiate and we will do everything reasonable to reach a settlement and to avoid the disruption and inconvenience a strike will cause,” said City Manager Norm Gale. “Essential services will continue to be provided.”

Police, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Transit, and Homes for the Aged services are not affected. These services will generally continue to operate as usual.

In the event of a CUPE strike, key services including winter road maintenance will continue to be provided at a reduced level of service. Snow plowing will be prioritized for arterial roads, collector and bus routes. The Solid Waste & Recycling Facility and Recycling Depots will be available. Community Centres operated by volunteers are among the services that would also not be affected.

The following municipal services will be UNAVAILABLE in the event of a strike by CUPE:

  • Plowing or sanding of residential sidewalks or trails
  • Curbside garbage collection for residents, businesses and apartments
  • Day Care Centres (Grace Remus, Ogden, Algoma and Woodcrest Day Care Centres)
  • Canada Games Complex
  • Indoor Pools (Volunteer and Churchill)
  • Older Adults Centres (55 Plus and Older Adult Programs)
  • Conservatory
  • Fort William Gardens , Satellite Arenas (5) , Stadia (2) and Winter Rinks
  • All Community Recreation Programs/Special Events (Child, Youth, Adult)
  • Terry Fox Visitor Information Centre


The City of Thunder Bay will keep residents informed. Residents may refer to:


An information line will be identified in the event of a strike by CUPE.



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