Regina, Sask. - Outside city workers, members of CUPE Local 21, rescinded their strike notice today pending the resolution of a case before the labour relations board.
The labour board began hearing a case in January involving a jurisdictional dispute between the City of Regina and CUPE Local 21. The hearings are expected to wrap-up later today.
CUPEs legal counsel advised the local to rescind the strike notice until the board rules on the case, as the Trade Union Act does not permit a strike or lock-out to commence while an application is pending before the board.
The local had implemented an overtime ban yesterday, in an effort to pressure the employer to negotiate a fair contract with its 1,300 members.
CUPE Local 21 President Tim Anderson says he hopes the city uses the temporary reprieve from job action to improve its contract offer.
We have four more bargaining days scheduled for March, beginning next week. That gives the city ample time and opportunity to table a better monetary package for its outside workers, Anderson says.
The local president says if no agreement is reached, the union will resume job action once the labour board rules on the jurisdictional dispute.
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For more information, contact Tim Anderson 591-0730 or CUPE Representative, Malcolm Matheson 535-8262