Compromise for city, parks workers

B.C. city guilty of contracting out, to an extent
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2015

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed a grievance against the City of Castlegar in British Columbia over who should maintain certain parkland.

CUPE Local 2262 argued that maintenance and servicing of the beach area known as Millennium Ponds had been contracted out illegally. It argued that, traditionally, members of the bargaining unit mowed the grass, maintained the sprinklers and handled the garbage, as well as tended rose bushes and shrubs and trees, thereby making the work exclusive to the union.

According to the collective agreement, routine work could not be contracted out unless particularly specialized or without going through an extensive process.