June 14, 2000, Burns Lake, BC The nine unionized workers in the Village of Burns Lake have applied for mediation in an attempt to settle the contract dispute that has been plaguing this community for months. BC Labour Relations Board mediator, Stephen Rinfret has been appointed and two days, July 12 and 13, have been set aside to resolve outstanding issues
According to Bernie Schneider, CUPE National Servicing Representative and Negotiator for CUPE Local 2062, concessions and the lack of a wage increase are what is preventing a settlement in this round of negotiations.
The employers concessions must be removed from the table and they must make a monetary offer that is fair and reasonable. said Schneider. There isnt one of our members who believes that the mediator will accept concessions as a bargaining strategy. Its time for the Mayor and Council from this community to provide some direction to Administration before things get beyond repair.
Village of Burns Lake employees have been working without a contract since January 1, 2000.
Bernie Schneider, National Representative (250) 565 8983