CUPE re­jects City’s of­fer by 92.5 per­cent

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CORN­WALL, On­tario - The strik­ing Cana­dian Union of Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees (CUPE) coun­cils rep­re­sent­ing the City of Corn­wall’s li­brar­i­ans, out­door work­ers, in­side work­ers and paramedics have re­jected the City of Corn­wall’s “fi­nal” of­fer.

The City made their of­fer on May 15, the day be­fore the strike be­gan.

The union’s ne­go­ti­at­ing team re­jected that of­fer the same day and re­fused to take it to their mem­bers for a vote.

Af­ter two weeks of strike, the City de­manded a Min­istry of Labour su­per­vised vote.

CUPE stated that the ear­li­est date which the Min­istry could su­per­vise the vote would be June 15, and they fur­ther stated that they would hold an un­su­per­vised vote on Mon­day, June 4 in or­der to re­turn to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble more quickly.

Nei­ther side would dis­close to the me­dia what the of­fer con­tained, but Coun­cil­lor An­dre Rivette told the CBC that he be­lieved that sick leave was a main is­sue of the strike.

Mon­day night, CUPE an­nounced in a press re­lease that their mem­bers had re­jected the of­fer by 92.5 per­cent against.

“The City asked us to take their last of­fer di­rectly to our mem­bers, and we have done that, us­ing the doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted by the em­ployer to the Min­istry of Labour last week,” CUPE wrote in a me­dia re­lease. “Our mem­bers have voted, and we have com­mu­ni­cated the re­sults to the City of Corn­wall. We ex­pect they will re­spect the demo­cratic out­come of these votes.”

“CUPE has in­vited the City right back to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble for to­mor­row, Tues­day June 5,” the me­dia re­lease con­tin­ued. “CUPE is pre­pared to do all we can at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble to re­solve this quickly, and re­turn vi­tal ser­vices to nor­mal for Corn­wall res­i­dents. Will the City com­mit to do the same?”

The City has yet to re­spond to the re­sults of the vote.

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