No picket lines yet in Qualicum Beach

Union issued 72-hour strike notice on Thursday; starting with ban on overtime

Qualicum Beach union employees have issued 72-hour strike notice and, while communicating, the two sides are not currently negotiating.

The town’s roughly 50 union employees, members of CUPE Local 401, were in a legal strike position as of 10:25 a.m., Sunday, July 26.

“They have given some notice that there will be a ban on overtime, but they could also do something more major,” Deputy Chief Administrative Officer John Marsh said before the weekend. “From a management standpoint we have to prepare for the worst-case scenario,” he said, adding they could show up with pickets Sunday morning, but as of midday Monday they were not picketing.

“We had a mediator in this morning, but there is no movement yet, no progress,” chief administrative officer Daniel Sailland said Monday afternoon.

He said they hope to have news within 24 hours, “but we’re really just taking it one day at a time.”

Employees voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action in early May, after their contract expired in 2013.

“We have just finalized the essential service order,” Local 401 vice president Laurence Amy said Friday, adding “we won’t shut Qualicum Beach down, we would like to get back to the table.”

But Amy didn’t hide his frustration, explaining that the employer forced a last proposal vote, skipping the bargaining unit and going directly to the members.

Just Posted

SD69 students hope to send artwork to space

The winning patches will accompany an experiment designed by five students from Ballenas

Review: Show about the show delights at Qualicum Beach premiere

A combination of hilarity and tender moments for Second Chances musical

Concern over vaping grows in Parksville Qualicum Beach schools

Health officer says parents have ample reason to be concerned

Coombs Family Day Celebration cancelled

The large snowfall that hit Vancouver Island recently has led to the… Continue reading

VIDEO: The Art of Surfboard Making

Hand-made, handpainted surfboard by Parksville couple

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read