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Dispute between city of Prince George and unions deepens as job action looms

Essential services decision expected today, strike could happen Thursday
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By the end of today, people in Prince George will find out which city services could be shut down by a possible strike.

The Labour Relations Board has been ruling on what is considered an "essential service" should city workers take job action following a 72-hour strike noticed issued Monday afternoon.

Gary Campbell is president of the CUPE union representing outside workers in Prince George. He blames the city for pushing union workers to this level of action.

"Right now it's to show them that we're serious. You know, enough is enough. We don't feel that the employer has been taking us seriously. They keep walking away from the table."

Meanwhile, city administration sent out a press release yesterday evening, claiming to "set the record straight." It says the city is willing to continue bargaining and that there have been several occasions where the unions have been "unprepared" to meet.

Listen to an interview with the city of Prince George's superintendent of operations Bill Gaal.

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The city also says it is "adamant" that waste water treatment, distribution of drinking water, and snow clearing be maintained at safe levels during any job action the union takes.

A ruling on essential services is expected from the Labour Relations Board is expected to be released today.

The unions could being striking as early as Thursday afternoon.

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