It’s not too late for Mayor Sam Sullivan to avert a stoppage in city services, says COPE Cllr David Cadman.
“The Mayor could show leadership and immediately engage with civic workers to avert any disruption in services,” said Cadman. “Instead Sullivan is leaving it all to administrative staff and the GVRD Labour Relations Bureau  who are locked in an inflexible process that has dragged on far too long without any solution.”
Vancouver’s 1800 outside workers, represented by CUPE local 1004, served 72-hour strike notice on July 10. They join other CUPE locals from across the Lower Mainland who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action.
“Unfortunately the Labour Relations Bureau has set bargaining parameters that they won’t budge from,” said Cadman. “Meanwhile NPA Cllr Ball, Vancouver’s representative on the Bureau, has not reported back to Council in any meaningful way about these protracted negations.”
Civic workers say the Bureau is following an Olympic driven agenda that includes cutting existing job benefits and freezing wages over a 39-month contract.
“The professionalism and hard work of City staff are what make Vancouver the number one city in the world,” said COPE External Chairperson Ellen Woodsworth.  “To force them into a situation where they might have to take job action is unconceivable.”
When CUPE BC president and representatives of civic workers tried to meet with the Labour Relations Bureau on July 05, Cllr Ball and other members of the Bureau walked out of the room refusing to hear the workers’ delegation.
“There is no reason for Vancouver residents to suffer a cut in services,” said Cadman. “If that happens Mayor Sullivan and his do-nothing Council colleagues need to take full responsibility.”

Mayor dithers as civic strike looms