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City makes new wage offer; CUPE counter-offers

CALGARY The citys latest wage offer, made this afternoon, brought a swift counter-offer from CUPE Local 38 as the countdown to a strike continues.

City negotiators brought forward a similar wage offer to what was narrowly accepted by the transit workers yesterday. CUPEs counter-offer showed substantial movement with continued stress on fighting inflation.

We have been asking for a reasonable wage offer to address inflation, Marsden said. The citys own web site shows inflation figures are higher than what we are proposing.

The city needs to get serious about the need for its 2,700 inside workers to catch up with inflation, Marsden added. They also need to start respecting the work we do for this city and the role we play in the local economy. This offer makes a mockery of that role.

Talks continue tomorrow. Local 38 could be on legal strike as of Friday morning.

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Contact: Peter Marsden, CUPE Local 38 President, 233-2700 or Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications, 604-828-7668.