Yet another civic settlement: North Van District and Rec Commission strike expected to end

    NORTH VANCOUVER, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - The pace of Lower Mainland settlements
picked up even more today as CUPE 389's bargaining committee signed a
tentative agreement with the District of North Vancouver and North Vancouver
Recreation Commission. The 800 civic workers have been on strike since July
23rd, 2007. This agreement is the fifth CUPE municipal settlement in the past
week and a half.
    CUPE 389 is recommending ratification of the settlement to their members
and holding a vote on Saturday, August 4, 2007. District of North Vancouver
Council and the Recreation Commission Board are expected to hold their
ratification votes shortly.
    "We are very happy to have reached settlements with both the District and
the Recreation Commission," says Cindy McQueen, CUPE 389 president. "It's
unfortunate that it took a strike in order to prompt these employers and the
GVRD Labour Relations Bureau to bargain to a conclusion, but we are very
pleased to see the movement we've seen in the last few days."
    The union will not be releasing details of the agreements until after
member ratification has taken place, but McQueen says the agreements "build
on" settlements reached in Richmond, Delta, Surrey and Burnaby.
    The above settlements all happened without GVRD Labour Relations Bureau
involvement - so this settlement in North Vancouver is a case of non-Bureau
municipalities leading Bureau-run municipalities.
    "This settlement sends a strong message to the City of Vancouver," says
Barry O'Neill, President of CUPE BC. "Mayor Sullivan and his NPA councillors
can't hide behind the GVRD Labour Relations Bureau anymore, they have to step
up to the plate, bring an end to the strike and restore services to the
citizens of Vancouver. That will take returning to the table and bargaining
fairly with their civic workers and in a way that addresses the legitimate
concerns and issues they bring to the table."
    O'Neill is referring to the fact that the NPA controlled City of
Vancouver continues to refuse to even set bargaining dates with CUPE Locals 15
and 1004. CUPE Local 391, representing Vancouver Public Library employees, has
recommenced negotiations but progress is slow.

    CUPE 389 represents 800 employees of the District of North Vancouver and
North Vancouver Recreation Commission. The local also represents employees of
the City of North Vancouver and has not yet concluded an agreement with that


For further information:

For further information: Cindy McQueen, CUPE 389 president, (778)
688-9537; Barry O'Neill, CUPE BC president, (604) 340-6768; Diane Kalen, CUPE
Communications, (778) 229-0258

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