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Second strike in three weeks for the City of Cambridge

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm EDT

Photo by 570's Amanda Hewson

There’s a new strike by city workers in Cambridge.

CUPE Local 1882 says talks broke down Thursday evening. The union represents 163 inside workers including technical staff, by-law officers, and building inspectors.

The city says CUPE Local 1882 walked away from the bargaining table after rejecting their latest offer.

The union says talks broke down over job evaluation language that was established in the previous contract.

In a statement, Nancy Movrin, executive member of CUPE 1882 says “we spent the past three days coming up with creative proposals that were fair to our members and to the taxpayers, but we were consistently met with the same response.”

Movrin says she believes city negotiators aren’t telling council the full story.

The city says reduced service levels and delays may be noticed in such areas as facility bookings, processing of building inspections, as well as by-law enforcement inspections such as noise complaints and property standards matters.

Outside workers just returned to the job last Thursday following an almost week long strike.

They got a new four year contract.

Reduced service levels where some delays may be noticed:

  • Facility bookings
  • Cemetery administration
  • Processing of planning applications, including building inspections
  • By-law enforcement inspections such as noise complaints, property standards matters, and sidewalk snow clearing complaints
  • Responding to public inquiries regarding road, water and sewer issues.

Closed or suspended services:

  • Archives office
  • Event planning committees

 

For the latest on labour negotiations, you can visit the City of Cambridge website.