COLDSTREAM – The District of Coldstream and CUPE Local 626, which represents municipal workers, will begin mediation on Monday, after bargaining talks broke down in August, says the union.
The BC Labour Relations Board appointed mediator Grant McArthur to mediate contract talks between the two sides.
“Affordability is a real issue for our members, as it is for many residents of the Okanagan. We are hopeful we can find resolution through mediation and achieve a fair deal,” said CUPE Local 626 President Bryce de Dood.
Talks broke down in August when the district sought a five-year wage settlement that was both lower than the provincial average and surrounding municipalities. The union had already moved off of 10 key proposals to get a deal.
“We are confident we can get a contract that moves our members forwards, not backwards,” said de Dood.
The current agreement expired December 31, 2018.
CUPE is Canada’s largest union. Local 626 represents some 335 municipal workers in the District of Coldstream, located just south of Vernon in the Okanagan. These include those who fix roads, do sewer and storm maintenance, provide planning, RCMP support services, administration and parks workers.COPE 491