Strike averted for Kelowna, B.C., jail guards

Arbitrator appointed, but no date set for hearing: CUPE
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 01/05/2018
Labour relations
CUPE 338 represents 1,000 members who provide community services to Kelowna area residents and businesses. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

In an effort to avoid strike action, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 338 members — who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment — agreed on Dec. 21 to enter binding arbitration with Commissionaires BC.

“We were able to reach a last-minute agreement late Thursday afternoon, prior to the strike deadline,” said Harry Nott, CUPE national representative and lead negotiator. “We believe this resolve will result in a fair contract for our members, and is also in the best interest of Commissionaires BC, the City of Kelowna and residents.”

Both parties have agreed to appoint arbitrator Mark Brown, but a date for the arbitration has not yet been set.

CUPE 338 represents 1,000 members who provide community services to Kelowna area residents and businesses.

Seventeen of those members work at the Kelowna RCMP detachment as jail guards and provide services including overseeing prisoners, assisting with prisoner searches and cell searches, organizing meals, recording prisoner activity, finger printing, and dispensing approved prescription medications to persons in custody.

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