Workers at the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) in BC served 72-hours strike notice Friday following more than seven months of bargaining. The outstanding issue between the workers and the district is fair treatment of casual and temporary staff.

“We have long-serving, qualified temporary and casual workers devoting years of service to the ACRD, and they are being passed over in favour of external hires,” said CUPE 118 President Stacy Watton. “Their years of service, knowledge of the workplace, and dedication to our community should be respected when they apply for regular employment.”

United behind their casual and temporary colleagues, ACRD workers passed a near-unanimous strike vote in March following a breakdown in talks between the district and their 26 unionized workers. Though talks did resume, the district refused to move from its original position.

The union plans to begin strike action immediately with an overtime ban that is expected to limit summer programming and services. Following the issue of strike notice, the parties discussed returning to the table and are currently working to set further talks. 

“We are hopeful that the parties can return to the table and find a positive resolution that respects the work of our casual and temporary staff.”

CUPE 118 represents 230 members working at the District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, City of Port Alberni and the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.