A strike or lockout date is looming for the region's paramedics, logistics workers, public health workers, and more. All in all, some 1,200 workers are waiting for a deal.
But after more than a year, they're looking for the chance just to bargain.
CUPE Local 5191, which represents local paramedics, said the region has finally given them a date: July 19.
That's just five days before a potential strike or lockout, as the unions filed a "No Board" days ago, warning of potential strike.
CUPE Local 5191 president Luke McCann called the timing "highly Inappropriate."
"The union is prepared and ready to bargain, but the employer is not," said McCann, himself an active paramedic. "We have asked them for dates, and they refuse to meet until at least July 19th as the vacation time for their departments and Human Resources department is more important than ensuring the critical services we provide are not interrupted."
The Region of Waterloo did not offer comment for this story, and would not confirm the date offered for bargaining or the reason behind it.
"Our members remain committed to providing the best possible services to the people of Waterloo Region," added McCann. "The union is hopeful of avoiding any interruption of the critical services they provide to the community."