City labour woes linger

Union side makes presence felt at Castlegar council meeting

  • Aug. 13, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Members of CUPE Local 2262 assemble prior to August 11 Castlegar City Council meeting.

By Betsy Kline

Castlegar News

 

There is still no agreement between the City of Castlegar and CUPE Local 2262. As a way of further stating their case, Castlegar city workers showed up in force at Monday night’s city council meeting. The workers were accompanied by CUPE Communications Representative, Murray Bush.

Leaflets handed out by the union stated, “Our goal is not to disrupt services but to press city hall to bargain in good faith for a fair and reasonable collective agreement.” Local CUPE President Leford Lafayette stated, “We want to get out to residents that we do not want to strike. Contact mayor and council and ask them to look at giving our workers a fair collective agreement.”

Mr. Lafayette stated the outstanding issues were contracting out, management doing bargaining unit work and some concessions. He said, “I am not attaching a timeline. There are some time limits; we have to set 72 hour strike notice before too long. But we are hoping the employer will get back to the table.”

According to Lafayette the CUPE Local 2262 is “…willing and ready to return to the table for meaningful talks at any time and we look forward to hearing from your bargaining committee.”

The city would like to see the union respect the fact that it is funded by the taxpayers and has a responsibility to them. Castlegar’s Chief Administrative Officer, John Malcolm, stated in a press release, “Our strong financial standing is a result of years of prudent budgeting and spending by council and staff and a reflection of the priorities and direction offered by the people of Castlegar. Our current offer balances the priorities of taxpayers with the needs of employees for a fair and reasonable contract.”

If the employer’s final offer is accepted, it will mean the city works will have received a 22.25 per cent wage increase since 2008. The final offer includes a retroactive 5.75 per cent wage increase over four years, increases to extended health benefits, the optical plan and meal allowances.  Also included are improvements to vacation and banked time carry-over, grievance handling and labour-management relations. Details of the city’s final offer can be found at www.castlegar.ca/strike.

The city has offered reassurance that in the case of a strike, all city facilities including city hall, civic works, the fire hall and RCMP will remain open.

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Lemon Creek fuel truck driver gets $20,000 fine

Danny LaSante was sentenced in Nelson court today

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries School’s got talent

Talent show to be held Feb. 21 at Brilliant Cultural Centre

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read