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After 83 days on the picket lines, striking animal workers from the Lincoln County Humane Society will return to work sometime next week, pending ratification by both parties of the tentative agreement reached on May 16, 2012.

“Eleven members started the strike standing in solidarity with a strong belief that their shelter will not be a two-tier workplace,” said Dean Mainville, CUPE National Representative for CUPE 1287. “After 83 long days on the picket lines, these eleven members remain united, standing proud and still believing in a fair and equitable workplace.”

“These workers could not have been on the picket line from winter to spring, and now the summer, without the support from CUPE sisters and brothers from far and wide, our community members and residents who supported us every step of the way,” continued Mainville. “A strike is never easy, but, with the strong support we received every day, our members can walk proudly back to work knowing that there is purpose in a union, even in these difficult times.”