City, CUPE to return to talks Thursday

City workers with five CUPE locals picket outside city hall on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 during a noon hour rally. The City says it's received a request from CUPE to return to bargaining and will do so tomorrow. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Members of the City of Cornwall’s bargaining team will meet Thursday morning with CUPE to continue discussions on new collective agreements with its five locals.

In a news release Wednesday, the City says it received a formal written request from CUPE today (Mary 23) to return to talks.

Both sides will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The City has maintained its stance that it “will not bargain through the media,” though it did say the strike was not its decision or desire.

“CUPE requested the end of the conciliation process that led to the setting of a strike date and refused to share the terms of the City’s…final offer,” CAO Maureen Adams said.

Inside workers hit the picket line this morning (May 23) while the other four CUPE locals for outside workers, the Cornwall Public Library and paramedics went out May 17.

The union held a rally outside city hall today.

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