NORTH VANCOUVER About 700 members of the North Shore Winter Club may face a recreation-free fall and winter because club negotiators are trying to get rid of supervisors and keep wages low for the clubs 13 employees.
Your club is clean, safe and healthy, says a leaflet that the employees will give to members as they enter the club on Friday, Sept. 21. We want to keep it that way but
The workers, members of CUPE Local 389, say they are proud to work at the club. We know that it plays an important role in your recreational and social lives.
But they make several dollars less than municipal and school board workers who do much the same work, according to the fact sheet that accompanies the leaflet.
The club employees clean change rooms, hot tubs, steam rooms and showers, ensure that pool chlorine levels are safe, and clean and repair club tennis courts. They also maintain the boiler room and ice surfaces for figure skating, hockey and curling.
As well, the employees say they take pride in helping the club earn some of its annual income through rentals of the facility.
We want to keep things in tip-top order for you and your families, the leaflet adds. We hope you will support us as we enter a difficult period of bargaining this fall.
The CUPE workers will be standing at 1325 East Keith Road, North Vancouver from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 21.
Shaheen Kamadia, CUPE Representative, 604-291-1940.