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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.


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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