VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - CUPE 15 is dismayed and disappointed that the
City of Vancouver would use informal "coffee chats" in hotel lounges and
restaurants to falsely raise the hope of the public and CUPE members and
deflect attention from the City's refusal to return to the bargaining table to
resolve the civic strike and restore civic services.
"During a strike, we always try and keep the lines of communication open
to encourage the parties to return to bargaining," says CUPE 15 Chief
Negotiator Keith Graham, "but there is nothing newsworthy in them until
As the civic strike enters its eighth week, all three CUPE locals issued
a formal invitation to City Manager Judy Rogers and Chief Librarian Paul
Whitney today to return to the bargaining table immediately, with or without a
"Bargaining at a table is the only way a union and employer can resolve a
strike," says Graham.
Today marks the third week that Vancouver's 800 library workers (CUPE
391) have not received a counter-offer from the City of Vancouver and the
Vancouver Library Board. They proposed what library workers in Burnaby
recently negotiated and ratified. This is the first time Vancouver's library
workers have been on strike in their 77-year history.
Vancouver's 1,800 outside workers, CUPE 1004, are also not in bargaining
with the City of Vancouver.
For further information:
For further information: Keith Graham, Chief Negotiator CUPE 15, (604)
785-7266; Paul Faoro, President CUPE 15, (604) 202-1829; Alexandra Youngberg,
President CUPE 391, (604) 908-6095; Mike Jackson, President CUPE 1004, (778)
908-8070; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258