Furlong stated, “Our primary aim as a Union has been to negotiate a mutually acceptable collective agreement with the provincial government. However this is becoming less and less likely. In recognition of the significant negative impact on the employees and the clients they serve, NAPE has accepted the suggestion, by the Coalition of Persons With Disabilities, to arbitrate all outstanding issues and have the employees return to work.”

Furlong went on to state, “There are clear provisions in the Public Service Collective Bargaining Act for government to declare the services provided by the employees as essential and send the outstanding issues to arbitration. Government has the power to settle this dispute by way of negotiation or arbitration. It is now their decision, and theirs alone, whether this strike and the resulting negative impact on the employees and their clients continue,” said Furlong.

For further information contact:
Carol Furlong at 570-2471