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NELSON City workers, members of CUPE 339, voted 76 percent to reject the city of Nelsons final offer over its elimination of the minimum staffing level that opens the door to lost jobs, reduced public services and privatization.

We have a strong mandate from our members to reject further reductions in public services and protect jobs, says Bev Lapointe, CUPE 339 President. We plan to take that mandate back to the bargaining table.

Its time for the city to decide to negotiate a fair collective agreement that doesnt eliminate sustainable jobs and services to the residents of Nelson. The contract expired on December 31, 2003.

The overwhelming majority of city workers showed up for the final offer vote. Im very proud of our members. They have stood up under a lot of pressure from city management, including rumours of a lockout to fight for job security and the preservation of publicly owned and operated services in our community.

CUPE 339 represents the City of Nelsons 76 city workers who provide quality public service such as garbage pickup, snow removal, road repair and maintenance, sewage treatment, park maintenance and city finances.