CUPE rallies outdoors Saint John Laundry over office bullying – New Brunswick


A rally staged outdoors of Saint John Laundry by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Saturday seemed to lift consciousness round what they’re calling the rising drawback of office bullying.

“Bullying is happening throughout the province in all sectors,” stated CUPE NB first vice-president Steve Drost. “All these staff need to do, myself included, is have the ability to go to work, do our jobs.

“We’re happy with the work we do, however we shouldn’t be harassed or bullied at work.”


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The rally comes after staff staged a walkout over considerations about office bullying and harassment.

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Staff of the laundry facility that provides hospitals and nursing houses throughout the province are again to work after the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board (NBLEB) dominated the walkout constituted an unlawful strike.

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However CUPE NB president Brien Watson says it’s clear that there are points inside the ability.

“When each worker comes out of that constructing and each worker has a narrative, there’s one thing undoubtedly improper,” Watson stated.

“[At] a variety of workplaces, there is perhaps a small pocket of staff which might be being harassed or no matter, however when each one in every of them comes out and tells you there’s one thing improper, then there’s one thing improper on this constructing.”

The New Brunswick authorities operates the ability by means of Service New Brunswick and didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Saturday.

On Friday, Service New Brunswick spokesperson Valerie Kilfoil stated the province couldn’t talk about issues pertaining to particular person staff.






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Nursing house employee and rank-and-file CUPE member Tammy Nadeau says the considerations over working circumstances aren’t distinctive to Saint John Laundry.

The province’s four,000 unionized nursing house staff are presently locked in a bitter contract dispute with the federal government, citing pay and dealing circumstances as probably the most urgent points.

Nadeau is hoping a collaborative method could be discovered to assist handle staff’ considerations.


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“We’re simply hoping that the employer will sit down and perceive what we’re saying as an alternative of claiming ‘that’s not true, all we care about is amount, amount, amount, get the work achieved,’” Nadeau stated.

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“So we’re going to face up for our rights respectfully and we’re hoping that the managers will rise up with us and say, ‘no, you’re proper — we’re going to work collectively and make this a greater office.’”

When requested about the opportunity of future job motion on the facility, Watson stated the union is hoping to keep away from it.

“We hope that we will resolve this in a means, now that everyone’s again to work, that we will undergo the system correctly … and get to their drawback right here and attempt to alleviate that, and make the working circumstances higher for them in there,” he stated.




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