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NELSON City workers will attend this months public council meeting on Monday, July 19th at 7:00pm to demand that council vote for core services and end the lockout.

CUPE 339 members voted last Sunday to extend an olive branch to council and ask them to vote to accept it and end the dispute. Council has not done so to date.

Nelsons elected representatives have got to respect the will of Nelson residents and their city workers to find a resolution to this dispute, says Bev Lapointe, CUPE 339 President. Enough is enough.

  • What:
    Nelson Council Meeting of the Whole(monthly council meeting open to the public)

  • Where:
    Hume Room, Heritage Inn (422 Vernon Street, Nelson)

  • When:
    Monday, July 19th, 2004

Last Sunday, Nelsons city workers voted to accept 9 out of 10 recommendations made by negotiator Vince Ready. They voted down the outstanding recommendation on contracting-out by 89% and offered council an amended version of the recommendation that replaces a list of their names from a protected list to a list of core services.

With a flood of retirements expected in the next 5 years, city workers realize that protecting their names will do little to maintain Nelsons city services and protect them from privatization. City administrators have admitted that they plan to contract out transit, garbage and park services.

The workers have been locked out for 36 days.

For more information, please visit http://lockoutnelson.blogspot.com

Bev Lapointe, CUPE 339 President, (250) 359-2996;
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258.