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CUPE Local 339 offered the city what President Bev Lapointe called its olive branch this week, voting to accept nine of ten recommendations from mediator Vince Ready.

The local turned the recommendations into an offer for settlement and proposed it to the city.

By agreeing to the recommendations, the workers gave up on their hopes to secure the same benefits and improvements enjoyed by other municipal workers across the province.

For the sake of our community and the hard working people they have put on the street, we are asking Mayor and Council to vote on the amended recommendation and end the lockout, said Lapointe.

The workers locked out since June 11 voted against Readys recommendation on contracting out but offered a compromise.

Weve given all that we can give and the one thing the city and Mr. Ready have both failed to understand is that we will not give up Nelsons public services.

The city has rejected the workers offer of settlement.

For more information, please visit: http://lockoutnelson.blogspot.com.