Wednesday, February 10, 1999
"We believe we have been making progress (in contract talks)," board chairman Gail Nyberg said yesterday, adding that the request from the support staff's union for a strike go-ahead is "premature."
The union representing the board's 14,000 caretakers, secretaries and other support staff last week asked the labour ministry for a "no board" report. The report acknowledges that contract talks have become deadlocked and puts the union in a legal strike position 16 days after it is issued.
The union has said it expects to be on strike within a month unless there is drastic change in the board's position.
The board's request to the labour minister "is an obvious manipulation of the process," said John Weatherup, president of Local 4400 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Previous story: China aliens nailed
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