CUPE workers vote for strike mandate at ACRD

CUPE Local 118 workers are hoping to solve contract negotiations with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District through mediation.

  • Nov. 4, 2015 4:00 p.m.

CUPE Local 118 workers are hoping to solve contract negotiations with the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District through mediation despite giving their bargaining team a 90 per cent strike mandate last week.

CUPE national servicing representative Casey Thomson says the main outstanding issue is wages. “We have been meeting with the district since June, and have made progress on several contract issues,” says Thomson. “We are  hoping we can wrap this up with the help of a mediator and without the need for job action.”

Before taking any job action, the local has to file 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Relations Board.

“CUPE and the regional district have traditionally enjoyed an excellent relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation,” CUPE Local 118 president Stacy Watton said.

“We have never had a strike in the district and rarely even have grievances—we have always been able to work out any problems together.

“We are counting on that solid history to help us reach a fair settlement this time.”

CUPE 118 represents 21 workers at the ACRD.

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