October 21-Castlegar Civic employees, members of Cupe Local 2262, joined their supporters in a parking lot behind City Hall on Monday, October 20 at a barbeque and information sharing opportunity organized by the Cupe Local.
City of Castlegar Cupe workers have been dumbfounded and frustrated with City negotiators to negotiate and settle a fair and reasonable contract, and for the first time in 60 years of Cupe representing Castlegar City workers, Castlegar City employees are on strike, and have refused to work overtime in non-emergency stituations.
While further strike action is not being contemplated at this time, that could change if the City continues to decline invitations to reopen negotiations with the union.
After more than a year of negotiation on a new collective agreement, talks recently came to a impasse after mediation by the Labour Board ended with the City negotiators presenting the union with a “take it or leave it” final offer that the union says failed to address outstanding issues.
Leford Lafayette, president of Cupe Local 2262, said that while his members are asking for a modest wage settlement, the main issues have to do with job security and no concessions.
“Our goal is not to disrupt service but to get City negotiators to bargain in good faith for a fair and reasonable collective agreement”, Lafayette explained.