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March 10, 2000, CastlegarThe mediator booked out of bargaining between CUPE and Kootenay Columbia School district yesterday when the process reached an impasse over job security issues as well as pay equity benefits and other items of common interest to CUPE locals right across the province of British Columbia.

Francis Brown, the CUPE national servicing representative who has been bargaining with the local said, “We did make some progress on issues but not enough and there is no where left to go. I think it is fairly obvious to everyone, that some decisions have to be made by this employers employer before the rest of the items we have on the table can be sufficiently dealt with.”

CUPE Local 1285, a member of the 47-local CUPE Sectoral Bargaining Committee, a co-ordinating body for CUPE school bargaining, will join others on the picket line this March 27 unless the local has been able to reach a collective agreement with the Kootenay Columbia school district.

Norm Wolfe, president CUPE 1285
(250) 364-1644 or

Francis Brown, CUPE national representative,
(250) 364-0297

Regular information updates regarding CUPE K-12 Sectoral Bargaining can be found at www.cupe.bc.ca/sbc

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