Negotiations between the Town of Placentia, N.L., and municipal employees represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1761 have reached an impasse, said the union.
The union has been attempting to reach a negotiated settlement with the help of a conciliation officer from the provincial department of labour. Talks broke off on March 20, said CUPE.
“We have been trying to bargain a fair collective agreement with the employer since May 2018. Yesterday, talks broke off and we have asked the conciliation officer to file his report with the Minister,” said Derrick Barrett, CUPE national representative.
Historically, bargaining took place directly with town officials and the local’s bargaining committee. However, this time around the town is using an outside consulting firm, which has resulted in unnecessary delays and additional costs to the residents of Placentia, said the union.
CUPE Local 1761 represents 15 workers employed as clerical staff, arena attendants, maintenance/water treatment operators, labourers and municipal enforcement officers.