Record civic strike vote (94%) at North Vancouver Recreation Commission

    VANCOUVER, June 1 /CNW/ - Unionized workers at North Vancouver's
Recreation Commission just registered the highest civic strike vote yet in
this round of Lower Mainland bargaining. The lifeguards, program operators,
child care workers, maintenance workers, instructor guards, among other
recreation workers, many who are young and auxiliary workers, voted 94 per
cent in favour of a strike. This comes on the heels of a 91 per cent strike
vote by North Vancouver's district workers yesterday.
    This is the fourth group of civic workers in the Lower Mainland to
register exceptionally high strike votes in response to proposed take-aways
and stalled negotiations with GVRD Labour Relations Bureau, which bargains on
behalf of most municipalities in the Lower Mainland.
    "North Vancouver's Recreation Commission workers have sent a very clear
message to our employer and their GVRD bargainers - concessions during good
economic times are just not on," says CUPE 389 President Cindy McQueen. "The
only way to bring about labour peace is with a fair contract for all."
    Like most civic workers throughout the region, these recreation workers
have been working without a contract since December 31, 2006 and are facing
regressive take-aways, including lower minimum hour guarantees (including no
regularly scheduled shifts) and reduced percentages in lieu of benefits.
Despite years of work and commitment, many of these workers still don't have
regular hours or benefits.
    "Many of these workers hold multiple jobs just to make ends meet," says
McQueen. "It is just plain wrong to take away wages, hours and benefits from
the people who run our valuable recreation programs and facilities."
    Only a month ago, Vancouver's inside workers voted 93.5 per cent in
favour of strike action, if necessary, to get a fair contract. They were
joined by an 89 percent strike vote by the public employees of the Corporation
of Delta. These votes leave the civic workers in a legal strike position for
90 days. Representatives of all the workers who have taken strike votes will
be joining Delta in mediation on Monday, June 4th - and are expected to
exercise their strike mandate if need be in the case that mediation does not
produce a fair contract.

    The 388 recreation workers employed at the North Vancouver Recreation
Commission are represented by CUPE 389 (Canadian Union of Public Employees).


For further information:

For further information: or contact:
Cindy McQueen, CUPE 389 (District of North Vancouver), President: (778)
688-9537; Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC, President: (604) 340-6768; Diane Kalen, CUPE
Communications: (778) 229-0258; For more local contacts, please visit

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