© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Greenwood Inn and Suites staff and management have reached a new contract agreement.
CORNER BROOK The general service workers at the Greenwood Inn and Suites have rejected a tentative agreement and passed a strike mandate.
Wayne Butler, a union representative with Unifor, said the latest developments took place Sunday evening in negotiations for a contact that expired in March. He called the rejection of the proposal an “overwhelming” majority representing about 40 employees at the Corner Brook hotel.
With a meeting between Fortis management and the negotiation committee scheduled for today, Butler would not elaborate on any details, but said it is not the union’s or membership’s intention to strike.
No date has been set for such an action, and he hopes negotiations resume and a resolution can be reached.
Negotiations have been ongoing since about April, and the tentative agreement was reached about three weeks ago with the aid of a conciliation officer, according to Butler.
He said it is expected either an agreement can be reached today or a strike deadline would be set.
The employees are working under the old contract until a new one can be ratified.
The Western Star requested an interview with Peter Antle, general manager of the Greenwood. Antle replied by email late Monday afternoon.
“The company and union are still in negotiations and continue work towards an agreement,” the email stated.