City of White Rock workers preparing for job action

WHITE ROCK – Unionized city workers say they are discouraged by a lack of progress in talks with their employer, the City of White Rock.

After voting 94 per cent in favour of striking last month, members of CUPE 402-01, which represents various city workers, said they are preparing for job action following a lack of progress at the bargaining table.

According to CUPE 402-01 president Mike Guraliuk, he was telling members to get ready to begin job action following a disappointing meeting last week.

“We were hopeful that today’s meeting would signal a renewed commitment on the employer’s part to seriously address members’ issues,” said Guraliuk. “However, it does not seem like much has changed since we last talked.”

Before any job action is to be taken, however, the union and the city were expected to enter into mediation Monday with the hopes of securing an agreement.

CUPE 402-01 represents more than 100 workers in the city, including operations workers, arena workers and clerks through various municipal buildings.

Bargaining began back in June 2013 and continued until the end of January when negotiations reached a stalemate, according to the union.

According to an earlier release by CUPE, the City of White Rock “has failed to address key issues for members that will improve the relationship between the parties.”