NS Municipal & Highway Workers’ Coordinating Committee

The Municipal and Highway Workers Coordinating Committee (MHWCC) is a body composed of CUPE locals that represent municipal employees and highway workers in Nova Scotia.

Workers in these locals maintain roads, operate water and sewage plants, perform clerical and technical duties, install and repair traffic lights, deliver social services, maintain our parks, pick up garbage and recycling and keep our streets clean.

Their members work in municipalities, districts, townships, villages and more. This committee deals with common issues between these workers, including sectoral trends, legislation affecting civic workers and the relationship between civic councils and their workers.

In all, CUPE represents 3000 plus municipal employees and highway workers in Nova Scotia. CUPE has also organized workers employed by private companies that perform contract work financed by public funds.

MHWCC keeps a close eye on collective bargaining, pensions, government legislation and other political and social justice issues. MHWCC gives CUPE members in this sector a voice in protecting municipal services, and a voice in our union!

Our Mission

“To unite Municipal Workers and Highway Workers across Nova Scotia in co-ordinating and presenting common issues pertaining to its locals and members; to raise awareness in the communities where we live and work; and to establish, and continue to improve on, the desirable working conditions through the collective bargaining process which provides our members and their families the comfort, happiness, and security to which every person is entitled.”

Solidarity Rally for Halifax Water and Wastewater Workers

Tuesday, May 12th at 5:00 pm at Grand Parade (In front of City Hall)

Members of CUPE Local 1431 and CUPE Local 227 at Halifax Water are facing a looming lockout or strike over their employer’s demand for very serious pension concessions. The main issue at the bargaining table is around the pension plan. The employer’s proposal would cut pensions for young workers by between 20% to 25%. The workers have made a proposal to the employer that would save HRM $25 million a year while protecting pension benefits, but the employer has rejected it. We encourage everyone to come out and show these workers they are not alone in their struggle

For more details on the struggles that these workers are facing, see articles from Robert Devet at the Halifax Media Co-op at:

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/work-stoppage-halifax-water-ever-more-likely/33534

and

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/halifax-water-contract-talks-break-down/33448

And you can view VIDEO FOOTAGE of a press conference held on Friday by CUPE Locals 1431 & 227 at http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/video/halifax-water-inside-and-outside-workers-news-conf/33530