Also in this section:

August 7, 2015

   |   Share This Story   

‘Stubborn’ Qualicum Beach Council rejects deal with workers

QUALICUM BEACH –   The Qualicum Beach Town Council has refused to settle its first-
ever labour dispute.  Discussions initiated by locked out municipal workers led to a three-hour in-camera council meeting today but failed to produce a contract settlement.CUPE 401 president Blaine Gurrie after Council decisionCUPE 401 president Blaine Gurrie after Council decision

The 75 CUPE Local 401 members have been without a contract since 2013. The only outstanding issue is a union demand for a modest two-percent per-year wage settlement, in line with contract settlements in neighbouring communities on Vancouver Island.

“We offered a very reasonable package to settle this and get back to work – that was rejected today by the elected mayor and council,” said CUPE Local 401 president Blaine Gurrie.

Calling the Council decision “stubborn and short sighted”, Gurrie said the union is now left with no other option than to ramp up pressure in order to get a deal. “Our members are extremely upset by this lockout – they want to be out there working for the people of Qualicum Beach.”

“These local employees are among the most dedicated you will find in the public service anywhere and to thank them by kicking them out of their jobs is disgraceful,” said Gurrie, adding that traditionally the relationship between the town and its employees was exemplary.  

While CUPE says it remains open to any and all meaningful talks, Council has no further bargaining sessions scheduled.


Related News

Township of Langley Arenas brought back in-house

Apr 13, 2016

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY- CUPE 403 is proud to announce that after nearly 20 years two arenas in the Township of Langley will once again be operated in-house. more...

CUPE 15 urges public to stand up for public education

Apr 12, 2016

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is considering permanent closure of 12 to 13 schools in order to balance their budget. The BC Liberal government more...

Community Social Services: New agreement on portability and retention reached

Apr 08, 2016

Earlier this year, an agreement was reached that could allow union members covered by the Community Social Services (CSS) General Services, Community Living more...

Sooke Wastewater Services to be delivered in-house

Apr 08, 2016

SOOKE – The District of Sooke has voted unanimously to end their contract with for-profit contractor EPCOR and bring wastewater services in-house. Sooke more...

Click here for the archive