Covered Bridge situation shows need for first contract legislation, Cardy says

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick NDP Leader Dominic Cardy repeated his party’s call for the introduction of first contract legislation for New Brunswick workers, saying that the strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips in Hartland highlights the need for such legislation.

“All employees who democratically opt to form a union ought to have the right to negotiate a first contract, as is the case in most jurisdictions,” said Cardy. “The strike at Covered Bridge is ultimately the product of the government’s unwillingness to pass such a fundamental law.”

Along with expressing support for the right of Covered Bridge’s employees to a union contract, Cardy also pointed out that both Liberal and Conservative governments have provided public cash to the company, another case of corporate welfare. Between the Liberals and Conservatives, the company has received $382,000 in corporate handouts.

“It is bad enough that the Liberals and Conservatives continue to spend tax dollars on private companies, but when it is given to a company involved in a dispute with its own workers, the problem is much worse.”