Mediator called in to settle outstanding issue in contract talks for BCSPCA - Victoria Branch workers

    VICTORIA, March 18 /CNW/ - Contract talks have gone to mediation over one
outstanding issue, that of taking away severance pay for employees who have
provided ten or more years of service to the BCSPCA.
    John Burrows, president of CUPE Local 50 said, "We would just like this
employer to treat its employees as well as the employees treat the animals
that come into our care, with dignity and respect. Workers with ten and more
years of service should not have their access to severance pay taken away."
    Grant McArthur, government mediator, has been appointed to help resolve
this last contract issue and a date for mediation is scheduled for the
beginning of April.
    Burrows explains, "Caring for animals comes first. We've been keeping
this facility running smoothly despite not having a contract for the past
15 months. We're just asking that the employer show us some respect in this."

    Local 50 includes approximately 25 men and women who provide care for
injured and abandoned animals for the SPCA in the Greater Victoria area.


For further information:

For further information: John Burrows, president CUPE Local 50: (250)
385-6023; Janet Szliske, CUPE Communications: (604) 454-7293

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