Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Richmond, Delta, Burnaby, Uh Oh

BURNABY (NEWS1130) - City workers in Burnaby now have a tentative agreement. The union is recommending the deal and a vote is expected later in the week. Burnaby city council also still has to vote on the agreement.

CUPE 23 President Rick Kotar said they were able to work out a deal directly with the city, and that talks went better than with the GVRD Labour Relations Bureau. Kotar said they would not release details of the deal until after the member ratification, but that it does build on agreements reached in Richmond and Delta.

CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill said this could spell the beginning of the end for the Bureau. O’Neill referred to the rigid bargaining mandate imposed by the Bureau on all Lower Mainland communities.

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