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VILLAGE OF MASSET, BC Almost a year after talks broke down between the Village of Masset and its unionized workers, village workers are optimistic their application to resume talks through a mediator will go well.

Mediation is a step in the right direction, said Ralph Lamorie, the villages chief water plant operator and president of CUPE 105-3. The big step is getting to the table and mediation will get us there.

CUPE 105-3 made the application to the Labour Relations Board early Thursday morning and is waiting for a mediator to be assigned to assist in the negotiations.

With the help of a third party in negotiations, we are hopeful we can reach a fair agreement for all parties.

There is no shame in trying, says Lamorie. This uncertainty is difficult for us and difficult for the administration. We look forward to an opportunity to move beyond it.

CUPE 105-3 (Canadian Union of Public Employees) represents the Village of Massets six unionized village workers that provide quality public services to the community.


Ralph Lamorie, CUPE 105-3 president, (250) 626-3616
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258.