White Rock CUPE members support strike action

White Rock CUPE members support strike action

City of White Rock employees have voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of strike action.

City of White Rock employees have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of strike action if contract negotiations continue to go south.

According to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a Feb. 5 vote found 94 per cent in favour of taking action “if necessary.”

“We hope this sends a strong message to our employer that CUPE members are serious about reaching a fair deal,” local CUPE 402-01 president Mike Guraliuk states in the release.

Bargaining started in June 2013 but reached an impasse on Jan. 27. A mediator was appointed by the Labour Relations Board on Jan. 30, and meetings are scheduled for March 10 and April 1.