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City’s new offers look to end prolonged strike

<p>The City of Vancouver yesterday provided two alternative offers to CUPE 15 in the hopes of ending the municipal strike by Labour Day.</p>




“If we don’t solve (the strike) by Labour Day it starts to take on a different tone. After Labour Day some of the programming we provide shifts gears in community centres.”






The City of Vancouver yesterday provided two alternative offers to CUPE 15 in the hopes of ending the municipal strike by Labour Day.





Both offers include a 17.5-per-cent wage increase over five year terms.





City spokesman Tom Timm said the second offer also addresses issues the City and CUPE 15, which represents 2,500 striking inside workers, have been discussing throughout the year.





“It involves some improvements on their side and some that we’d like to see in an offer,” said Timm.





The City’s inside and outside workers have been on strike for five weeks.





“If we don’t solve (the strike) by Labour Day it starts to take on a different tone,” he said.





“After Labour Day some of the programming we provide shifts gears in community centres. You start to get into sports and they’d start to be disrupted as well.”





Both offers are based on the District of North Vancouver settlement.





CUPE has until next Wednesday to respond to the offers.


 
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