7/29/07

Labour union pandemonium in Vancouver

Against a backdrop of mounting garbage piles on some Vancouver streets, the city and its municipal workers unions appear poised to resume bargaining this week. Contract talks continued Saturday for the city's 2,500 striking inside workers, while its 2,000 outside workers are hoping their talks will resume early this week.

"Our bargaining committee is ready to go 24/7. We're waiting for the word," said Mike Jackson, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees local representing outside workers. Meanwhile, negotiations with Burnaby's civic workers continue and seem to be going well, according to a CUPE media release. But rotating job action is set to begin at Simon Fraser University's child care society Sunday.

Negotiations between the North Vancouver recreation commission and its 800 workers resume Tuesday. Delta public employees, who rejected the city's "final" offer two weeks ago, have yet to issue 72-hour strike notice and remain at essential-services levels.

(canada.com)

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