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Canadian Forces bases hold info picket in support of striking workers in Eastern Canada

By Medicine Hat News on March 22, 2024.

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The union representing civilian support staff at CFB Suffield held an information picket on Thursday and urged a nationwide boycott of on-base services for the day to support striking non-public funds workers at six bases in Ontario and Quebec.

About 500 employees at the half-dozen bases in central Canada have been on strike for two months in hopes of getting a new contract with the additional aim of creating a nationwide pay grid for Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services workers.

“We want to shine a national spotlight on the urgent need for fair wages and respect for CFMWS workers,” said June Winger, the national president of the Union of National Defence Employees and a Medicine Hat native now based in Ottawa.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada has said the classification is among the lowest-paid in Canada and they supported demonstrations at gates of 19 Canadian Forces Bases, including Suffield, Cold Lake, Dundurn, Sask., Moose Jaw, Shilo and Winnipeg on the prairies.

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