Still no deal between Town of Qualicum Beach and its workers

CUPE staff voted in favour of possible strike action in April

Qualicum Beach staff and management are still at the bargaining table almost two months after a 94 per cent vote in favour of strike action.

All 67 CUPE Local 401 members of the Qualicum Beach town staff voted April 27 and gave a strong strike mandate, more than a year after their contract expired in late 2013.

“We are still involved in the mediation process. We just completed three days of negotiations,” said town chief administrative officer Daniel Sailland, adding that he couldn’t say much about the ongoing process.

He said if they reach an impasse they’d have to sort out what essential services would need to be maintained, so the earliest there could possibly be a legal strike would be July 3.

Local 401 vice president Laurence Amy confirmed they are still negotiating and can’t report anything publicly until there is some sort of resolution or further developments.

He previously said that while he couldn’t give specifics, wages and benefits are “always on the table.”

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