Mediation begins today between city, union

The city and the union representing its workers are heading to mediation today in an attempt to settle contract negotiation and avert a strike.

Rashid Hasan, the city’s human resources director, said the meeting will begin later this morning with the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

City workers have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, and negotiations stalled in May over wages and benefits.

Earlier this month, union members voted 97% in favour of strike, which the union says gives it a “strong mandate to press for a reasonable settlement.”

Hasan has said in earlier interviews that he is confident a deal will be reached under mediation.

The provincial labour board has assigned Christina Bains as the mediator.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.