The union leadership says that it remains committed to negotiations but appears to be preparing for a strike.
Earlier this month the union rolled out an aggressive it’s “have province” media campaign aimed at juxtaposing the provinces chicken little position with the provinces newfound wealth.
Today the union is reminding the public that they have the most impressive war chest in the history of the union. NAPE's defense fund is at $17.4-million. They have access to $25 million.
The union has notified the membership that strike pay has also increased by up to 50%.
Tough talk but members are questioning the leaderships ability to negotiate a settlement. Many younger members of the union are questioning the leaderships commitment to their issues and employment.
As well, the membership is trying to grasp why the union has effectively accepted 0% in the first year. The contract with public sector workers expired nearly a year ago.
Time will tell if the war of words escalates into a strike.