City, CUPE may soon be back to bargaining

Slow progress in Castlegar negotiations shows signs of picking up momentum

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff

The City of Castlegar is reportedly eager to resume negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2262 on a new contract.

An August 22 press release from the CUPE Local 2262 indicated that the union local had sent the City of Castlegar a settlement offer and an invitation to return to the negotiating table for further contract talks.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff told the Castlegar News on August 27 that the union’s latest proposal had been received.

“Staff are presently reviewing that and we’ll have some comment thereafter,” said the mayor.

The 34 members of CUPE 2262 have been without a contract since February 2013.

“We’ve tried to set up some dates with the (Vancouver-based) mediator,” Mayor Chernoff concluded, “and hopefully we can go back and continue with mediation.”

Mediated talks had broken off in July.