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VANCOUVER - Following three days of discussions with mediator Brian Foley, the City of Vancouver and CUPE locals 15 and 1004 have agreed to an enhanced mediation process.

Within the next week, the representatives of the City and the two CUPE locals will provide mediator Foley with verbal and written submissions on their respective views on the terms and conditions for renewal collective agreements.

After considering those representations, mediator Foley will provide the City and the CUPE locals with his non-binding recommendations for ending the strike.

The parties have agreed that they will then submit those recommendations to the city’s principals and the unions’ membership for acceptance or rejection by vote.

A media blackout will be in place until mediator Foley has issued his recommendations.

A complete media blackout remains in effect for CUPE 391 (Vancouver’s library workers).