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The union representing more than 2,500 Vancouver City and Park Board workers is giving the city one final chance to accept a settlement offer, saying that the stakes will increase dramatically if a deal is not signed in the next 48 hours.

CUPE Chief Negotiator Neil Bradbury says that the union is ready to sign the settlement proposal that it presented to the city last week, and that the offer remains on the table until end of business on Wednesday.

Members of CUPE Local 15 were shocked last week when the city walked away from the bargaining table at a point when the two sides were so close together, says Bradbury. After agreeing to a number of significant concessions that the employer had requested, we prepared a settlement proposal which represented our best, bottom-line effort to compromise and recognize the employers need for flexibility.

dbury added that if the unions last settlement offer is not accepted by Wednesday at 5:00pm, the union will hold a membership vote on Thursday to reject the City of Vancouvers final offer.

ke no mistake, if the city doesnt come to its senses in the next 48 hours, our membership will be delivering a strong message that the employers last offer wont settle this dispute, and that the union will no longer accept any concessions demanded by the employer, added Bradbury.

the city is serious about getting greater flexibility in hiring and scheduling, this is their last chance to sign an agreement that will give them that flexibility.

For information contact:
Neil Bradbury 291-1940 or 818-0798