Bruce Telecom, CUPE reach tentative agreement


Bruce Telecom and the union representing its employees, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 255, have reached a tentative agreement.


The two sides met May 20 and reached the agreement with the assistance of a federally-appointed mediator. The proposed settlement will be presented to CUPE 255 members for review and a ratification vote on Friday in Kincardine.


CUPE had threatened a strike or lockout if an agreement had not been reached by May 29, however both the union and Bruce Telecom have agreed there will be no disruption in service until both parties have had the opportunity to review the agreement and hold votes on whether to accept or reject.


A media release issued by CUPE last Wednesday states that terms of the agreement will not be disclosed by CUPE 255 until members have had an opportunity to review its contents and decide for themselves whether or not to accept it. Therefore, the union will not be making any further public comments until after Friday’s vote.