Oct 30, 2019
Over the last month we have met with the City a few times to finish the language changes that could be agreed upon.
Then the City gave us an offer that was mostly the same as before, still wanting the right to schedule staff up to 12 hours. We rejected this offer based off of the original feedback we had from the members.
We supplied a counteroffer which the City rejected yesterday.
You may have heard about the provincial budget that was released last week. There have been several articles where various mayors and councillors have spoken about broken promises and how the cuts are deeper than anticipated. The cuts primarily focus on the capital budget (building new things) with limited losses in operating budget. However, city council will need to decide what to do with each project. If they decide to keep a project, they will need to find the money from somewhere.
How this will affect negotiations is unknown at this time, but it will affect them.
We will be setting up a date to meet again and the City has requested that the Mediator attend, which will be the second (and last) free day for them.
Additionally, we are moving towards electronic balloting for elections and voting to accept a contract (ratification). To this end we need to update each members contact information.
You may receive an email through your Employee email account with a link to a form to collect this information. This form was created and is owned by the Union. The employer will not have access to this information.