Outside workers from the Township of Wellesley have voted to authorize a strike action -- as they continue to work with the township to negotiate a new contract.
Chris Roth, president of CUPE local 1542 in Wellesley, explained that this means union members are showing their intention to strike if their needs are not met during negotiations.
"What that entails is communicating with the members of the local, planning where we are with the negotiations with their collective agreement, asking members for their support for the negotiating committee to negotiate on their behalf in any means, up to and including strike action. It does not mean we are going on strike."
He said what they're looking for is a fair negotiation.
"They tabled a large number of proposals and essentially asked us to rewrite the collective agreement in their words and their terms and it is not something that we are prepared to do."
Roth notes workers have been flexible with their shifts during the pandemic without any complaints.
"We just want to have something that makes sure our members are taken care of and the services that Wellesley Township is known to have and enjoy -- we want them to continue."
There are currently 12 outside workers in the Township of Wellesley, made up of public service and recreation workers.
In a statement to 570 NEWS, the Township of Wellesley said they have a "skilled team of negotiators working collaboratively with the union to negotiate a fair deal for all parties," adding that they will "continue to work with the union to reach a fair deal that adequately compensates the employees and is fiscally responsible to the taxpayer".