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MOOSE JAW - Members of CUPE Local 9, who provide police support services in Moose Jaw, have voted with 81 per cent majority against the latest contract offer from the Moose Jaw Board of Police Commissioners.

The latest offer provided market adjustments to communication officers, while ignoring the significant parity issue facing all workers.

“It is not fair to only offer a market adjustment to a portion of workers while ignoring that the same issue affects all workers,” says Ryan Nelson, CUPE Local 9 President. “All of our members deserve to get paid closer to what their counterparts make in other cities.”

This is the second contract the membership of the local has voted down in just over a month. CUPE Local 9 members have been without a contract for over two years.

“Our members have been patiently seeking a solution for several years,” added Nelson. “It is time for the Board of Police Commissioners to take our concerns seriously and close the wage gap.”

On August 27, members voted by 83 per cent to take job action up to and including a strike. In February, the parties entered into a conciliation process with assistance from the provincial goverment’s Labour Relations and Mediation branch.