Kawartha Lakes' management wouldn't budge - strike continues



    LINDSAY, ON, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The City of Kawartha Lakes municipal
strike, affecting schools, roads, arenas and other municipal services, will
continue because management refused to work with the union to find common
ground to resolve the 19-day strike. A meeting between management and union
representatives on Thursday night ended when it became apparent that
management had not moved from their final position of February 4, when the
strike began.
    "We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with management's
inflexibility and arrogance," said Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 president. "It's
their way or no way, and after almost three weeks of strike, management's
position had not changed an inch, that kind of attitude will only prolong this
dispute."
    "Unfortunately public services in our community will continue to suffer
and be held hostage by management's arrogant behaviour," said Edwards.
"Management wasted an opportunity to move this discussion forward to help end
this strike. Instead they wouldn't budge on any of the outstanding issues."
    CUPE 855 tried different ways to bring management back to the bargaining
table, including initiating meetings with the Mayor to find common ground, and
requesting financial documents from the City to find ways to work within the
Council's 10 per cent mandate. Yet, management refused to accept any of the
union's suggestions.
    "Management refused to recognize the fact that their economic package is
erroneous and filled with incorrect and flawed assumptions," said Alison
Davidson, CUPE national representative. "Their figures are padded to the
extreme, and therefore limit the budget that's available to address
outstanding issues."
    "We believe these incorrect numbers were used to brief council and get
their approval on the 10 per cent mandate," said Davidson. "We have exposed
their flawed assumptions and suggested a framework to address the outstanding
issues, but they refused to work with us to find ways to get back to the
table."
    "Who's steering the ship from management's side - a hired lawyer from
Toronto or the elected officials that are supposed to run Kawartha Lakes? The
Mayor and Council must take charge and end this strike," said Edwards. "We are
urging the public to call the Mayor and Councillors and tell them to get
involved and show leadership by settling this strike."




For further information:

For further information: Lyn Edwards, CUPE 855 President, (705)
878-2152; Alison Davidson, CUPE National Rep., (705) 760-5113; James Chai,
CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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