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VICTORIA - City outside workers voted 99 per cent in favour of a strike yesterday after rejecting management wage offers that are far below cost of living projections.

“We made some headway on minor issues like danger pay, but management’s offer of

1 per cent a year over three years was insulting,” said CUPE Local 50 president John Burrows.

Job security, pay for working on a statutory holiday and other outstanding issues are also critical components of a settlement.

“This vote is an overwhelming show of support for the union’s bargaining committee.” Burrows said.

The local’s agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2000. More talks are scheduled for June 18-19, when CUPE expects to have a settlement.


John Burrows, CUPE Local 50 President, (250) 385-6023;
Jim Lamb, CUPE National Representative, (250) 384-8048.