UNB food services were scaled back for the three weeks of strike/lockout, a decision which has resulted in considerable financial hardship for a significant group of workers: out of approximately 88 employees, only fifteen or so of the most senior maintained close to their usual hours. Of the rest, some were obliged to initiate EI claims early, which will result in reduced or no income over the summer period when they usually count on EI, and others didn’t even have enough hours to initiate a claim. CUPE has given them strike pay despite their not actually being on strike or locked out themselves but that only came into effect ten days after the beginning of the job action.
Many of our members have expressed concern for these workers and indicated their willingness to contribute financially. AUNBT has undertaken to administer such a fund. We are looking into various online options to make donating easier but in the meantime, those interested in contributing may send or drop off their donation, either cash or by cheque, to the main AUNBT office. Cheques should be made out to “CUPE Local 2266.”
We have had the following communications from a rep at CUPE:
Strike pay however only kicks in after day 10 of a strike so any loss time from January 13 to the 23 there is no funding. The local membership that fall into that ten day waiting period would be more than appreciative and overwhelmed at your members consideration of a donation, should they decide to do that.
Thank you again, your membership is being very generous and much appreciated no matter the amount.
Please consider contributing to this fund. It will make a difference to a group of workers most of us see every day who are suffering significant financial stress through no fault of their own.