Last week I wrote about the possibilities of job action regarding city workers in Vancouver and surrounding areas. After the word came down on Thursday, several municipalities are coping with the cutback in service.
Vancouverâ€™s outside workers have walked off the job and the inside workers are planning the same. Unionized workers in Delta have rejected a final offer from the labour relations bureau, but haven’t issued strike notice. Itâ€™s the same story in Burnaby; the union has a strike mandate, but hasn’t issued notice. The district of North Vancouver on the other hand has unionized employees “working to rule” with a ban on overtime and plans to walk off the job Monday. [CKNW]
With outisde workers on the picket lines, inside workers just might join them. What this means for us, aside from garbage piling up in the streets, is fewer recreation options in the city this summer.
The PNE and CUPE are in negotiations for a collective agreement, but the event will go on as planned. Workers at both the PNE and Playland are members of Local 10-04, but they are part of separate negotiations. …the Stanley Park miniature railway and Children’s Farmyard have been closed because of the city strike and five of the six outdoor city pools are being shutdown. City beaches are staying open with lifeguards on duty.
Pools that have been closed include Mt. Pleasant, New Brighton, Sunset, Second Beach and Kitsilano [Vancouver Parks].
Furthermore, if you have a child enrolled in a city-run day camp, be sure to check for updates on the Parks Board website.
As for the fireworks, the sunshine should be back in Vancouver on Wednesday to accompany the kick off display by Spain in English Bay as they are going ahead as scheduled. I’m actually really scared to see what downtown will look like on Thursday morning.
Update: Click here to view the official list of the City of Vancouver’s services that are open/closed