Action likely after talks break down
Vancouver’s 1,800 outside city workers are almost certain to go on strike this morning after negotiations between city and union officials broke down yesterday.
A work-to-rule order and a ban on overtime is expected to be issued as of 10:30 a.m.
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Mike Jackson, president of CUPE local 1004, told CBC News Online that workers would not walk off the job immediately, but would continue with their duties, including garbage collection.
About 3,500 inside workers in Vancouver could join their colleagues if they vote against accepting a final contract offer today.
Yesterday, Metro Vancouver reported that City Manager Judy Rogers personally sent a letter to inside workers on Monday urging them not to strike.
“Given the importance of this vote I ask two things of you: That you make a fully informed decision, and that you vote,” she wrote.