VANCOUVER, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Early this evening, members of CUPE 391,
representing over 750 striking Vancouver library workers, voted 78 per cent in
favour of rejecting mediator Brian Foley's recommendation for settlement.
Throughout today more than 540 CUPE 391 members cast their vote.
"Our membership is very disappointed with the mediator's proposal," said
CUPE 391 bargaining chair Ed Dickson. "We had hoped that this might be a way
to expedite the bargaining process to find a fair settlement, but
unfortunately there are some significant issues that still need to be more
On Sunday, the CUPE 391 bargaining committee recommended rejection of the
proposed settlement because it fell short in addressing the union's key issues
like pay equity and improved rights for part-time and auxiliary workers.
"Making a significant step towards achieving pay equity is a priority for
our membership. They feel very strongly that they cannot agree to a deal that
only applies to less than half of our workforce," said CUPE 391 president Alex
Youngberg. "If we were to agree to the recommendations as is, over half of our
members, many of which are among our lowest wage earners, will not see any
benefit during the term of the collective agreement."
Despite the disappointment, the bargaining committee maintains that the
recommendations could form the basis for a future final settlement for the
library, and they are encouraging the Vancouver Public Library to sit down and
work with them to create a "library-made" solution.
"We believe that with a few modifications we could find a resolution to
this labour dispute that our members would be able to accept," said Dickson.
CUPE 391 members have been on strike for a fair contract since July 26,
For further information:
For further information: Alex Youngberg, CUPE 391 president, (604)
908-6095; Ed Dickson, CUPE 391 bargaining committee chair, (604) 605-2028;
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, (778) 229-0258; www.cupe.bc.ca