City workers vote to strike

Civic workers in Fort St. John have voted in favour of strike action.

Workers made the vote yesterday, though the union’s demands are still unclear.

Now, the vote doesn’t mean the workers will be going on strike any time soon, but rather, gives the union a stronger mandate from its members, and the ability to serve the employer with 72-hour strike notice should representatives decide to.

B.C. Government Employees Union Communications Officer Erin Sikora has confirmed the vote took place and passed on Monday, though she couldn’t give any more information on the bargaining itself, or the exact tally of the vote.

Sikora did confirm the union represents around 120 people (slightly more in the summer) employed by the city of Fort St. John, in various capacities ranging from labour, to public works, to tourism.

The workers, represented by the BC Government Employees Union, have been without a contract since the end of December.