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More city of Vancouver job cuts off the table: union president

Last Updated Apr 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm PDT

FILE -Vancouver city hall. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A series of meetings between Vancouver city staff and unions has wrapped up

One union president says he's 'cautiously optimistic' about the discussions

More job cuts are apparently off the table

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Ahead of a key Vancouver city council meeting Tuesday, the unions working for the city have wrapped up a series of meetings with city staff to discuss their future.

The president of CUPE 1004, which represents Vancouver’s outside workers, says he’s confident more job cuts are no longer going to be on the table.

“We’re feeling cautiously optimistic coming out of those conversations that we’ve been able to find some creative ways to stave off any further layoffs, and keep the services the citizens of Vancouver rely on functioning to the best of our abilities at this time,” Andrew Ledger says.

Vancouver’s municipal workers had been cautioned this past week more job cuts could be a possibility.

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“I think it’s just all of us collectively recognizing that the citizens of Vancouver need these services that our members want to be doing,” Ledger explains.

Ledger says their goal now is to try to find ways to restore work for the roughly 1,500 unionized staff in Vancouver currently on forced leave amid this pandemic.

“I think other municipalities are finding ways of delivering services, such as library services, in new and interesting ways,” he says. “And I think that we really need to turn out minds to that now.”