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Halifax Water and union to vote Wednesday on tentative agreement

A vote on a proposed contract between Halifax Water and more than 300 striking employees will be held Wednesday, according to a union president.

Tentative deal was reached over the weekend with CUPE locals 227 and 1431, board approved it Monday

Dave Dort says workers will be back on the picket line Monday as they try to find a place to hold their vote. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

A union president says striking Halifax Water employees will vote on a tentative agreement Wednesday and union leaders will be recommending workers accept it. 

A tentative deal was reached on the weekend with CUPE locals 227 and 143.

"We feel we've protected our pension as much as possible. We feel that we got the best deal with Halifax Water that we're going to get," said Heather Corkum, president of CUPE Local 143. "The union came up with a very creative way to protect that pension as much as possible and I think our members will be happy with it."

Corkum says the union is hoping to hold a ratification meeting on Wednesday, but she wouldn't disclose any specifics about what is in the deal. They are still trying to confirm a venue.

The union is also now working on a back-to-work agreement with Halifax Water. Workers will remain on the picket lines until after the ratification vote, Corkum says.

The Halifax Regional Water Commission Board met Monday afternoon and voted to approve the tentative agreement. 

The strike began on May 19 after the utility announced it would be making changes to employee pension plans. Union members have since been camped out at various Halifax Water locations in the city.

Halifax Water has been operating with about 100 non-unionized supervisory and management staff.


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