Prince George civic strike talks resume Tuesday

Labour negotiations are slated to resume Tuesday morning between the City of Prince George and its union, which issued a 72-hour strike notice on Saturday.

500 city workers have been working without a contract since 2012

Essential services protected from a potential civic strike in Prince George include snow clearing, solid waste spill response and water treatment.

Labour negotiations are slated to resume Tuesday morning between the City of Prince George and its union, which issued a 72-hour strike notice on Saturday.

The city and CUPE will return to the bargaining table to discuss a new deal for 500 unionized civic workers, who have been working without a contract since 2012.

Gary Campbell, president of CUPE 399, says his members are prepared to walk out Tuesday if the city does not bargain with them. He says it all comes down to money.

"If the employer comes to the table and bargains in the fashion that they have in the past — and by that I mean they really haven't bargained — we're going to stand up, we're going to leave the bargaining table and we're going to pull all employees off the job,” says Campbell.

There will be a full strike on Tuesday if the employer does not come to the table and bargain with us.- Gary Campbell, CUPE

“There will be a full strike on Tuesday if the employer does not come to the table and bargain with us."

In December, the city proposed a four-year contract with no wage increases in the first two years, and a two-percent increase in each of the final two years.

The union rejected that “final” proposal and staged a one-day full strike. It was the first time city workers have ever walked off the job in Prince George.

With files from the CBC's Marissa Harvey

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