The City of Fort St. John has released some details of the negotiating process with the BCGEU leading up to the current strike. According to the City they delivered Notice of Bargaining to the BCGEU on April 15, and a final offer was made on May 29.
An impasse was reached on the issue of wages, and the requests the City had on the table at the time was removed.
Union members took a strike vote on June 4 and results were 97 per cent in favour of job action. Also on June 4 the City applied for mediation with the Labour Relations Board.
A mediated agreement was signed by both groups after mediation began on June 24, however on June 26 BCGEU members voted against it.
According to numbers released by the City this morning, of the 183 BCGEU members, 92 took part in the vote, and 59 voted against ratification, while 33 were in favour.
Percentage wise 32.2 percent of eligible voters were against the deal, however when the figure of 59 is compared to the actual number of votes casted, the percentage rises to 64.1 per cent.
Strike action by the BCGEU began at 8:30 a.m. this morning after 72 hour notice was issued on July 17.