VICTORIA Four more island municipalities voted to strike last night, joining the City of Victoria and Capital Regional District employees who voted to strike last week.
The CUPE members forced to take the votes are the 35 employees at the District of North Saanich (96%), 35 employees at the City of Colwood (92%), 320 employees at the District of Oak Bay (89%) and the 50 employees at the Town of Sidney (77%).
The Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association wage offer of 1 per cent a year over three years is just not on, said Justin Schmid, president of CUPE Local 374. Our members have sent a strong message to the GVLRA that it is not enough.
The CUPE members have accepted 1 per cent annual wage increases for the past 5 years, Schmid added. We have no desire to do that again.
No meetings are scheduled with the GVLRA, the employers’ bargaining agent.
Jim Lamb, CUPE National Representative, (250) 384-8048.