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Members of Local 2269 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing employees of the District of Squamish, have voted to reject their employers last offer by a margin of more than three to one.
The vote, conducted this week, was supervised by the BC Labour Relations Board. Under BC law, employers are permitted on a one time only basis to issue a last offer, which must be voted on by union members.
CUPE Local 2269 President Bob Patterson says that the 78% rejection should come as a loud and clear message to the District of Squamish that ultimatums and legal maneuvers wont resolve the impasse in bargaining.
We hope that our employer will return to the table prepared to bargain fairly and settle these negotiations, says Patterson.
Patterson says the union has no immediate plans for job action, and hopes that the dispute can be resolved without any disruption to public services in the District.
For more information:
Wally Fawkes, (604) 291-1940