Contract negotiations with the Town’s 80 unionized employees have reached an impasse over wages, according to a press release issued by the Town this afternoon.
The union has requested the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator following a vote giving the bargaining committee a mandate to strike if conciliation fails.
The two sides have met seven times since late November and “significant progress” had been made.
It is not known what the Town offered but early budget documents for 2014 show less than one per cent increase in wage costs.
The last contract expired on Dec. 31, 2013.
The two sides worked out a deal last time after three meetings with a conciliator. The union accepted a wage freeze with lump-sum payments of $500 the first year and $750 the second.