Bonfield mayor turns down offer of arbitrationSmall town mayor turns down arbitration, strike drags on in Bonfield, Ont.11/18/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/18/2013 BONFIELD, ONT. — The municipal strike in Bonfield, Ont., continues after mayor Randall McLaren refused CUPE’s offer to send outstanding issues to arbitration by a neutral third party. The offer would have allowed a speedy restoration of municipal services, ending the strike that began Aug. 1. "CUPE made every attempt to reach a settlement," said the union’s Ontario regional director Linda Thurston-Neeley. "We were not able to come to an agreement… but offered to send outstanding issues to an independent arbitrator so our members could go back to serving the good people of Bonfield — an offer the mayor flatly rejected." To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.