A news release issued by the City of Fort St. John this morning states that members of the BCGEU have refused an invitation to resume negotiations to end the strike. The City asked the Labour Relations Board Mediator to contact the union yesterday to extend an invitation to resume mediated negotiations, however the invite was turned down.
In a July 20th communication, the BCGEU stated “The BCGEU is seeking a more equitable offer in line with what other city employees are earning, including retroactivity.”
The decision to turn down negotiating again indicates that the job action is not about wages, but rather about removing staff from City services to cause as much of a disruption as possible to the community while making sure that most union members receive their pay cheque, according to the City release.
Also on July 20th the City stated they received a notice of withdrawal of services which indicated from the union, “No bargaining unit member will install, maintain or otherwise work on any task related to the installation or maintenance of an ice surface.”