The Bargaining Committee has received this latest report from our chief spokesperson for bargaining, CUPE National representative, Jim Gorman. Jim met with representatives from the GVRD and CUPE locals 1004 and 15 this afternoon. Discussion ensued regarding the terms of reference and where bargaining with the three locals, the employers and the GVRD would take place.
Rather than have the Minister of Labour appoint a special mediator under the Labour Code, the parties have mutually agreed to engage the services of private mediator Brian Foley for mediated talks between CUPE 15 and CUPE 1004 and the City of Vancouver.
CUPE 391 and the Vancouver Public Library have also agreed to mediator Debbie Cameron to engage in talks beginning this week.
A media blackout has been reinstated, effective immediately. Talks will begin for CUPE 391 on Tuesday, September 18, 2007.