More than 800 St. John’s workers still without contracts

Daniel MacEachern
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Conciliation scheduled for union representing garbage collectors, snowplow drivers, among others

More than 800 city workers are still without contracts, with conciliation talks scheduled for both locals involved.

Ed White, Canadian Union of Public Employees national representative for locals 569 and 1289, told The Telegram on Wednesday that local 569 — which represents about 450 outside workers in jobs like garbage collection, snowclearing and environmental services — has conciliation scheduled with the provincial Labour Relations Agency for the rest of this week and next week.

Local 1289 represents about 400 inside workers — tax billing, construction inspections and recreational services, among others — and is scheduled for mid-September.

Four-year contracts for both locals expired at the end of June.

White declined to say what the sticking points in negotiations are for the locals. “I’m not prepared to comment at this point,” said White, who also declined to discuss the possibility of workers being locked out.

In June, the union blasted the City of St.  John’s for requesting conciliation just eight days into negotiations.

A spokeswoman for the city declined to comment other than to say talks with the union are ongoing.

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Canadian Union of Public Employees, The Telegram, Labour Relations Agency

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  • woohoo
    August 21, 2014 - 09:25

    The sticking point is pensions. The city wants to take away the pension plan because they have dipped into it too much and have to pay it back. It's time for the counselors to do their research on their own without upper managements "slant" on things.