GUELPH, Ont., March 24, 2016 – During a meeting earlier today between City of Guelph and CUPE locals 241, 973 and 1946, CUPE requested a “no board” report be filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
“We are at the table and continue to work towards reaching settlements that are fair to our employees, affordable for taxpayers and provide efficient and effective services for the public,” said David Godwaldt, general manager, Human Resources for the City of Guelph.
The City has formally met with the CUPE bargaining team 12 times since February 5, 2016. Two more bargaining dates have been scheduled for March 31 and April 1.
A union is in a legal position to strike and the City has the authority to lock out its workers 17 days from the Minister of Labour issuing a “no board”.
“We value our employees and the work they do to bring exceptional programs and services to our community,” added Godwaldt. “We want to work with the CUPE negotiation team and we want to reach a collective agreement — as soon as possible.”
The City hopes to avoid any disruption to programs and services; however, in the event of a strike or lockout, there are contingency plans in place to minimize inconvenience to the community. Regular updates will be posted online at guelph.ca/cupe.
For more information
General Manager, Human Resources
519-822-1260, extension 2848