Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - BC

May 14, 2014 13:33 ET

Workers vote today on final offer at United Church Naramata Centre

NARAMATA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - Workers at the United Church's Naramata Centre will be voting on a final offer from their employer on Wednesday, May 14. The vote is required by the Labour Relations Board when an employer requests it.

CUPE National Representative Tom O'Leary called the employer's decision to force a final offer vote cynical, given that the parties were clearly not able to reach an agreement on the same employer proposal last week.

"This vote will deepen the serious blow to employee morale that the United Church Centre's approach to its financial problems has created," said O'Leary.

Employees will be voting at the Centre's McLaren Hall between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. Results should be known shortly after the close of voting. Tom O'Leary will be available for comment after voting is finished on Wednesday, May 14.

CUPE 608 members provide a wide range of services to keep the guest accommodation facility running year-round. Centre management served notice of their intention to contract out a wide range of jobs in December 2013. Bargaining began in early April, with contracting out as a key issue on the table. The union took a strong strike vote on April 23 and workers at the United Church centre are currently engaged in an overtime ban as part of job action.

Contact Information

  • Tom O'Leary
    CUPE National Representative

    Roseanne Moran
    CUPE Communications Representative