“This is a defensive measure,” said Mike Walters, representative from CUPE, “we are hoping to avoid strike action, but the members are prepared to defend their collective agreement from the attacks we are facing.”
The two sides met last week with the city pushing for large concessions from the current collective agreement. “We are extremely disappointed with what’s been presented so far,” said Walters, “I’ve negotiated contracts for over 30 years and the attacks we are facing are some of the worst I’ve seen. This is why we are taking defensive measures. What the City of Owen Sound is proposing shows a profound level of disrespect to these hard-working civil servants.”
In addition to the strike vote, the union has requested that the two parties meet with a provincially-appointed conciliator in future negotiations.