Judy Rogers and Chief Librarian offered an immediate return to bargaining to end strike

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - All three striking locals have delivered a
joint letter this morning to Vancouver City Manager Judy Rogers and Chief
Librarian Paul Whitney calling for an immediate return to bargaining to
resolve the civic and library strike, with or without a mediator. Both Rogers
and Whitney have the executive authority to order a return to negotiations.
See complete letter below.

    September 7, 2007
    OPEN LETTER                                      Via Facsimile
    Dear Ms. Rogers and Mr. Whitney:

    RE: Immediate Return to Bargaining to Resolve Vancouver Civic Strike

    We are now entering the eighth week of the civic strike. We all know that
it can only be resolved in one way - a return to the bargaining table in order
to reach a collective agreement that will restore city services and return our
members to work.
    We recognize your executive authority as Chief Administration Officer and
Chief Librarian to direct your bargaining committees to the table and call on
you to do so in the interests of our members and all Vancouver residents.
    Please accept this letter as an invitation to return to bargaining on
Tuesday, September 11, 2007. Should you prefer third party assistance we would
be prepared to agree to the appointment of a mediator or facilitator to assist
the parties. Please advise if you will be accepting our offer to reconvene
negotiations by day-end, Monday, September 10, 2007, so that appropriate
facilities can be arranged.
    Let's work together to restore civic services to the residents of
Vancouver and return its unionized civic and library employees to work.

    Yours truly,

    Alexandra Youngberg, President CUPE 391
    Paul Faoro, President CUPE 15
    Mike Jackson, President CUPE 1004



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