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Castlegar labour talks scheduled for today

A new round of mediated talks start Monday in the bitter labour impasse between the city of Castlegar and its unionized employees.

After over five week’s of full strike action, the two sides have agreed to go back to the bargaining table.

Both CUPE Local 2262 and the city say they are returning to negotiations with an open mind. The union says it was wants the two issues of job security language and grievance handling resolved.

Council had declined the union’s previous calls for a restart to bargaining saying they support the mediator’s previous offer that the CUPE membership rejected.

Last week’s council meeting saw the most emotional barrage of criticism of council so far in this strike.

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