Nov 6, 2014
The men and women who work for the city of Castlegar and are members of CUPE 2262 have patiently waited for a resolution to their collective bargaining for many months. They have been forced to take strike action for the first time in 60 years but before doing so, their union tried to appeal to the candidates for city council to end the impasse at the bargaining table. Now they are being criticized by City Administration for participating in the democratic process of pre-election meetings and airing their concerns in public rather than being squeezed into silence by “process”. A process that has left members without a collective agreement for more than a year is not an effective process nor is it respectful to the people who make sure all the public services of the city are well tended.