News Potential Black-River Matheson Strike SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Thursday, Jul. 31st, 2014 The town of Black-River Matheson is threatening a lockout over work hour demands. The Township says unless the CUPE Local 1490 union agrees to the changes, a lockout is likely. The union works for the town with over 20 employees. They say the changes are unusual and unfair, and are asking their employer to come back to the table to negotiate further.