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RCMP telecommunications staff vote to join Canadian Union of Public Employees

RCMP telecommunications staff vote to join Canadian Union of Public Employees
From CBC - February 14, 2018

About 1,300 RCMP telecommunications staff have voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

CUPEmade the announcement Wednesday, saying the decision byRCMPtelecom operatorsand intercept monitor analyststojoin will likelybe certified by mid-March.

Intercept monitor analysts are responsible for "recording, monitoring, analyzing or transcribing live or pre-recorded intercepted telecommunications," according to a Government of Canada website.

"Our 650,000 members across the country warmly welcome the RCMP telecom operators and intercept monitor analysts into the CUPE family," said Mark Hancock, CUPE national president in a statement.

"They worked very hard to create their own union, and CUPE will proudly continue to defend their interests."

The vote breakdown was not disclosed.

Understaffing, low morale

The decision comes on the heels of reports of widespread understaffing, low morale and even bullying in RCMP telecommunication centres over the past several months

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