VANCOUVER – The BC Labour Relations Board has dismissed an application by CUPE to prevent the City of Vancouver from forcing its workers to vote on a final offer.
The LRB decision, written by associate chair Michael Fleming, was announced late this afternoon.
“CUPE is disappointed that such a quick decision on such an important matter was without even a formal labour board hearing,” said CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.
“Of course, we remain focussed on getting a fair collective agreement that addresses important issues for our members.”
Also late today, the City of Vancouver contacted CUPE 1004 requesting that the union return to the bargaining table.
“I have informed the City that we are willing to meet at the table any time to negotiate a fair deal for our members,” CUPE 1004 president Mike Jackson said in response.
In addition to a fair wage increase for all members, said Jackson, the union is seeking wage adjustments for positions in the trades, improvements for temporary full-time workers, and progress on various other issues.
Contacts: Barry O’Neill, CUPE BC president: (604) 340-6768
Mike Jackson, CUPE 1004 president: (778) 908-8070