Outside workers about to settle with the city; transit and firefighters have some arm wrestling to do yet.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 8, 2105

BURLINGTON, ON

The city has a memorandum of settlement with the outside workers.

A conciliator worked with the city and the unions and reached an agreement June 4th – the agreement will go to the union membership June 9th.

That should keep the unionized outside workers, arena/pool operators on the job.

Transit wkshp = Edwardth = Mayor with cell

Mayor looks at a transit schedule on a Smart phone – his hope is that transit will keep on working so that phones are needed to call a cab.

Things are not going nearly as well with the transit workers who are reported to be some distance apart from where the city sees a wage settlement going.
Both unions have gone very quiet, not returning phone call or answering requests for information.

Local 44, representing outside workers and arena/pool operators, and Local 2723, representing Burlington Transit, each recently held strike mandate votes and both voted in favour of a strike mandate. Both continue to negotiate with the city.

Fire 3155 Michael 3 alarm

Why are fire fighters allowed to even think of striking?

The city is also negotiating with Burlington Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1552; that issue will get very sticky – the fire fighters have demands based on a municipality’s ability to pay which is giving municipalities across the province considerable grief.

“We are currently in negotiations with the two CUPE locals,” said Scott Stewart, general manager of Development and Infrastructure with the city. “Although each has held a strike mandate vote, this is not an actual action to start a strike. We are hopeful that we can reach a negotiated collective agreement with all of our CUPE bargaining units.”

 

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4 comments to Outside workers about to settle with the city; transit and firefighters have some arm wrestling to do yet.

  • Susan Lewis

    Burlington Transit Strike: The city will have a ratification meeting on June 16.
    https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/Negotiations-with-CUPE-44–2723-and-Local-1552.asp

    Burlington Transit has a strike date of July 2. Transit workers’ contracts expired more than a year ago.

    Jan. 25, 2012 “With all the unionized workers working for the City of Burlington having settled their contracts, with a reasonable increase in their salaries of 1.5 per cent, 1.9 per cent and 1.9 per cent each year in a three-year contract, it is with awe that I heard councillors increase their salary by 3.2 per cent … while non-unionized staff were held to zero per cent and the unionized workers were reasonable in their demands.” https://m.insidehalton.com/opinion-story/2895738-cupe-upset-with-council

    If there was a strike, it would include the Handi-Van services as well. Burlington, how could you?

    Susan Lewis

  • Mike

    What is wrong with the City of Burlington? They can give the city council 4% increase but can’t help their workers, sad City, very SAD

    Editor’s note: I don’t recall this Council giving themselves a 4% increase

  • Joe

    Under the Fire Protection and Prevention act Firefighter are forbidden to strike. Not an accurate article!

  • Maddie

    This will be interesting with a outcome, cabs get ready!