Bonfield mayor turns down offer of arbitration

Small town mayor turns down arbitration, strike drags on in Bonfield, Ont.
|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."