A union which represents more than 200 inside workers with the City of Regina says a mediator or conciliator is needed to help it reach a new contract with the employer.
The statement from Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 7 is contained in a written notice to Saskatchewan’s labour ministry, informing it the current round of negotiations has reached an impasse.
CUPE says the city is refusing to address many of its main concerns, including a clause in the next agreement that would prevent workplace discrimination against its members.
The union says similar clauses are contained in most municipal agreements in Saskatchewan, including those for the cities of Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, North Battleford, Estevan and Weyburn.
CUPE is also seeking a wage increase, improvements to mileage reimbursement for employees doing city business with their own vehicles, and paid bereavement leave to match what out-of-scope employees receive.
The local’s previous contract expired at the end of last December.
(The Canadian Press)