Union doesn’t see need for extension for in-house parking decision

NANAIMO – CUPE president Blaine Gurrie says council has had three years to evaluate the in-house parking option.

The union doesn’t see the need to add another year of evaluation to the decision around in-house parking, according to the head of CUPE local 401.

Nanaimo city council decided Monday to ask the Canadian Union of Public Employees to extend an in-house parking trial, with politicians not yet ready to commit to permanent employees.

A letter of understanding for an interim parking service expires Dec. 31, offering new job classification protection and preventing the city from contracting out the service if it causes layoffs unless Nanaimo city council decides to go back to an outside contractor.

Blaine Gurrie, president of CUPE local 401, said council has had three years to evaluate the in-house parking option and by all measures it’s been quite successful. The union doesn’t see the need to add a fourth year of evaluation to the decision.

“The workers in these positions have waited a long time for a resolution of this issue and we think it should be an easy decision based on the reports we have seen,” he said in an e-mail.

The union and senior management are scheduled to meet later this week and Gurrie said he will listen to whatever is presented.