We are disappointed that the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library and Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau chose to break off talks today.
Earlier today, our Employer indicated that they will be seeking the services of a BC Labour Relations facilitator to assist with negotiations, and the City has informed CUPE 15 and 1004 that they have sent a letter to the Minister of Labour requesting the appointment of a special mediator.
Although the City and Library gave notice that they wished to lift the mutually agreed media blackout, we asked that the blackout remain in effect so that the parties could remain focussed on bargaining , however the Employer flatly refused the request.
CUPE 15, 391, and 1004 reiterate our offer for mediation or facilitation at the BC Labour Relations Board or engaging a mutually agreed private mediator.
It is uncertain how mediated talks will continue. We will not be issuing any further comments until next steps are clarified.
Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.
We will keep you appraised as as things unfold.