City And CUPE Local 101 Resume Talks
Just days after a provincial mediator call off negotiations, the city and CUPE Local 101 are back at the bargaining table.
Talks resume today after falling apart over the weekend.
About 750 inside city workers have been on the picket lines for nearly six weeks now.
Strike action has increased over the last few weeks, with rallies at city hall, picketers blocking traffic and calling for the resignation of Mayor Matt Brown.
Officials tell BlackburnNews.com about 40 workers have crossed the picket lines to return to their jobs. Strike pay is roughly $300 per week.
CUPE has threatened penalties to those who choose to return to work, but the city maintains there will be no negative consequences.
In the latest negotiations the two sides have been quiet in the media, but when the strike first started union officials had said the city was not coming to the table with fair offers and trying to force employees to work evenings and weekends. Meanwhile, the city had previously said its offer included at least a 1% wage hike every year for the next four years.