City of Vancouver couriers package to CUPE 15: union responds



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - CUPE 15 was hopeful that the City of Vancouver
would be prepared to resume negotiations either independently or with a third
party to end the civic strike before Labour Day and was disappointed today to
receive a couriered package that was leaked to the media. The package included
a letter from Vancouver City Manager Judy Rogers where she called for a
meeting of "key members of our bargaining teams". CUPE 15 has followed up on
that call.
    CUPE 15 President Paul Faoro attempted to contact Rogers today to set up
a meeting for the two parties to meet. Unfortunately, Rogers was unavailable
and the union spoke with Deputy City Manager James Ridge and General Manager
of Human Resources Mike Zora.
    Zora stated that he didn't know when the City would be available to meet
this weekend, but that he would get back to CUPE 15 with a response either
later today or sometime tomorrow morning. He also explained that Judy Rogers
would not be present at any such meeting.
    Faoro told the City that representatives of CUPE 15's bargaining
committee would be available to meet tomorrow morning and throughout the
weekend and reiterated the union's willingness to engage the assistance of a
mediator or facilitator to help reach a negotiated contract and end the
strike.
    CUPE 15 stands by their existing counter-offer as it is representative of
contracts negotiated throughout the region.





For further information:

For further information: Paul Faoro, CUPE 15 President, c: (604)
202-1829; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, c: (778) 229-0258

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