Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jail Guards at RCMP Detachment in B.C. in Legal Strike Position Thursday

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jail Guards at RCMP Detachment in B.C. in Legal Strike Position Thursday

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Jail guards in legal strike position Thursday

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KELOWNA, B.C. - Unionized jail guards at the RCMP detachment in Kelowna, B.C., have given strike notice that puts them in a legal position to walk off the job by Thursday afternoon.

The 17 jail guards are employees of Commissionaires B.C. and members of Local 338 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

The union says it is trying to negotiate a first collective agreement on the behalf of the guards.

Lead union negotiator Harry Nott says the two sides are close to an agreement and wages is the key issue that remains unresolved.

"Recruitment and retention issues need to be addressed, and a fair wage is a significant piece of resolving this key issue," he said.

Julie Powers, the Commissionaires' vice-president of operations, says in a statement the union has rejected three offers that included wage increases. …

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