Wednesday, February 20, 2013


NAPE, the province’s largest public sector union, is flexing it’s muscles this morning.

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.


Wm. Murphy said...

As well, the membership is trying to grasp why the union has effectively accepted 0% in the first year

Maybe because the Union has received over 30% increase during the last 8-10 years. So if you are having heartburn over 0%...what would be a fair increase??
And please do not spout on about how the past increases were "payback" for past civil servant belt tightening

Peter L. Whittle said...


First off I deplore the entitlement argument. You are a regular reader, you know that I found the last raise irresponsible and unsustainable.

The 0% does not give me heartburn at all. I am simply stating a fact, the contract expired last year. The union has in effect agreed to a 0% increase for the first year.

So please save your vituperation for someone else.

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with the raises? I worked dam hard for them after years of nothing from our employer. The price of everything is going up. That is alright for the oil crowd but my standard of living is taking a big hit. Not everyone works for Husky or Suncore you know! There appears to be an issue with paying government workers what they deserve.If this is a have province, why do we not have workers.