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City workers in Williams Lake vote 95 per cent in favour of going on strike

John Dube, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882B service representative, casts his ballot during his union
John Dube, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882B service representative, casts his ballot during his union's strike vote held Jan. 27. The union represents 105 to 110 city workers in Williams Lake.
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The union representing city workers in Williams Lake has voted 95 per cent in favour of going on strike.

"We had high voter turn out. It's a strong message our members want to send to management," John Dube, Union of Operating Engineers 882B service representative said Sunday evening half an hour after a day of voting by members closed at the Coast Fraser Inn.

The next step for the union will be to go to the Labour Relations Board because the employer plans to ask for a mediator, Dube said.

"We are not in favour of going with a mediator," he added.

If the union does decide to go on strike, it will have to serve the city 72 hours notice.

Previously Dube told the Tribune there are between 105 and 110 union employees working for the city.

 

 

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