London workers set to strike?
By Allison Buchan-Terrell
Outside workers for the City of London voted 79 per cent in
favor of a strike to support their contract demands.
The workers are a part of Local 107 of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees which includes employees in transportation
operations, sewer and road works, landfill operations, pollution
control, recreation, solid waste collection and facilities
and fleet services, such as snow plows and sanders.
The vote came after a few days of mediation resulted in a
stalemate over wages and benefits. “We need to secure
a decent benefit plan,” said Doug Wheeler, president
of Local 107.
He explained that the city is trying to cut back on benefits
and wages adding inside workers receive a higher level of pay
The union has not set a strike date, but at midnight tonight
they will be in a legal strike position. Wheeler said they
are working hard to secure a deal and will be back in mediation
this morning. “Workers are willing to strike.”
“We are hoping for a resolution,” said Maureen
Spencer-Golvchenko, executive assistant to Mayor Anne Marie
DiCicco, noting DiCicco is confident in the city’s negotiating
When asked what action would be taken by the Mayor’s
office in the event of a strike, she responded that DiCicco’s
stance while still bargaining is to not talk about contingency
Wheeler acknowledged that the strike could have a big impact
on the city, affecting trash collection, arenas and pollution
He said the city needs to be more realistic before a deal
Spencer-Golvchenko expressed optimism about reaching a deal
before the strike deadline.