By Andrew Chernoff Kootenay District Council
CRANBROOK-Job action is being contemplated next week in School District #5 (Southest Kootenay) by CUPE Local 4165 education workers. Seventy-two hours strike noticed served by CUPE.
Cupe National representative Keith Neilson in making the announcement said that bargaining was progressing “but has hit a bit of a snag.”
In serving 72 hours strike notice today (December 13, 2013), Neilson pointed out that both the school board and the union “are still exploring ways to get the deal done.”
To help get to a quick settlement, CUPE 4165 also announced plans for job action.
“It is our intention to put pressure on the Employer immediately since the deadline for completion of local tables is December 20th.” Neilson stated.
Job action being contemplated next week by CUPE 4165, if no deal is reached is follows:
- 1. Tuesday, December 17th: services will be withdrawn for that day only from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all facilities outside of the City of Cranbrook – meaning in the communities of Jaffray, Grasmere, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford.
- 2. Wednesday, December 18th: services will be withdrawn for that day only from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all facilities in the City of Cranbrook.
“As per the BC Federation’s picketing policy, we look forward to all sisters and brothers respecting our picket lines.”, Neilson said in announcing the job action plans.