COMMENT: CUPE looks for alternate venue for Winterfest
The following is a press release issued by CUPE local 2262:
We all love Winterfest and your Castlegar city workers know that it’s an important annual community event.
Unfortunately, the unresolved labour dispute with the City of Castlegar would put the usual ceremony behind a legal picket line. Given this, CUPE Local 2262 is looking at options to see if we can help to find a way for the event to go ahead.
“CUPE is hopeful that we can find something that works so that Castlegar families – including our own – can get together during this holiday season to celebrate and honour our commitment to community,” said Leford Lafayette, CUPE 2262 president. “Our picket lines are up at public facilities because we want to be at the table talking – we want a fair and reasonable contract – but so far City has refused to re-engage with us,” he added.
Lafayette is encouraging all concerned citizens to let the Mayor and Council know that they support a return to fair bargaining and an end to this first-ever strike. “We hope that the City will take this opportunity to respond in kind with an offer to talk, “he explained.