It’s been nearly two months since members of Civic Service Union 52 (CSU 52) finished a non-binding vote in favour of potential strike action. But seven weeks later, the union representing 5,000 City and Edmonton Public Library workers is still in the bargaining process.
Mediation between CSU 52 and the City was slated for three days — December 5, 6 and 13 — but when the two parties were unable to reach an agreement late Wednesday evening both parties agreed to extended mediation, according to CSU president Lanny Chudyk.
Chudyk said the proposals offered by the City haven’t budged from the initial zero, one and two per cent (over three years) offered during earlier deliberations.
“It was a very frustrating day and it took until late in the day for a couple of offers to come onto the table, which were extremely unreasonable,” he said. “The City came back with a tentative five-year deal that I can’t comment on, but the zero, one and two per cent were still there.
“We’ve made it very plain that zero, one and two per cent for 2021, 2022 and 2023 aren’t sufficient.”
Urban Affairs reached out to the City to confirm whether their offer remains at zero, one and two per cent wage increases, and whether it’s made any other proposals during mediation. City officials did not provide a direct answer, instead issuing a statement that the City is “committed to reaching an agreement that is fair and equitable for CSU 52, the City and taxpayers.”