Talks Off Between City of Vancouver and Striking Workers
Sep, 14 2007 - 3:30 PM
VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - Talks have broken down between the City of Vancouver and its three striking union locals.
The city has now asked the Labour Minister to appoint a mediator.
City spokesperson Jerry Dobrovolny says the city has extended an invitation to CUPE 15, representing inside workers, to continue bargaining through the weekend, but has now presented the union with 11 offers, including two this week that were rejected, "We're wanting to move as quickly as we can to end the strike and so we're trying now to do two things: one is negotiate through the weekend, but also have a mediator available for next week."
Meanwhile, Dobrovolny says the city has been presented a new twist by outside workers.
He says CUPE 1004 has indicated the longer their members remain out, the higher their wage demands will go.
Their last offer asked the city for 18.5% over five years, above the regional mandate of 17.5%.
There is word CUPE 15 members may march on City Hall next Tuesday, the day of the first City Council meeting since the summer break.