The City of Vancouver and CUPE Local 15 are to return to the bargaining table immediately
Following preliminary discussions yesterday, and a meeting of the Regional Labour Relations Bureau this afternoon, the City of Vancouver and CUPE Local 15, representing Vancouver inside workers have agreed to return to the bargaining table in an effort to resolve the current civic workers strike.
"CUPE 15 and the City have mutually agreed to hold face to face meetings in an effort to end the strike," said City spokesman Jerry Dobrovolny. "The meetings will be held beginning tomorrow morning at an undisclosed location and the parties have agreed to a media blackout with regard to the bargaining process, and the issues on the table."
Negotiators to take revised mandate to the bargaining table
Members of the Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau (GVR LRB) met yesterday afternoon to discuss municipal bargaining and review its current mandate.
Based on the meeting, the GVR LRB has instructed negotiators to consider a five-year term for the proposed contracts.
"We are open to discussing a five-year term with the union locals, and hope that this change in mandate will bring us closer to returning to negotiations as soon as possible," said Bob Long, vice-chair of the GVR LRB.
The Greater Vancouver Regional Labour Relations Bureau bargains on behalf of 14-member municipalities in an effort to reach collective agreements for more than 15,000 employees.
For more information on municipal bargaining visit: www.civicbargaining.com