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The union representing striking Vancouver City and Park Board workers says it will be keeping eight city ice rinks frozen until the end of the week, in hopes that a settlement can be reached.

We hope the city gets serious about addressing the outstanding issues at the bargaining table and that theyre prepared to get talks moving again this week, says Local 15 President Rick Gates.

Because re-icing a skating rink is a slow process, weve decided to give the city a few more days to reconsider their position before we let the ice rinks go, says Gates.

Once the ice in a skating rink is allowed to melt, it takes as long as two to four weeks to re-ice it, says Gates. That means that rinks might not be up and running again for nearly a month after a tentative deal is reached.

Gates emphasized that if talks arent progressing by the end of the day Friday; however, the citys eight ice rinks will be shut down completely.

For more information contact:
Rick Gates, 708-8903 or 723-9661
Jim Kirk, 291-1940 or 720-7905