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Sun-Rype accepts office - Kelowna

Blog by | January 12th, 2008

Sun-Rype accepts offer
by Wayne Moore - Story: 36542
Jan 11, 2008 / 4:10 pm

Sun-Rype says it's ready to accept a mediator's recommendation that would end a strike that is heading into its third month.

BC Labour Relations Board Mediator, Mark Brown, met separately with both the company and the union earlier this week to see if there was a way to get the two sides back to the bargaining table.

Sun-Rype CEO, Eric Sorensen, says Brown urged both parties to put his recommendations to a vote.

"While this settlement does represent some challenges for the company, we believe it is in the best interest of Sun-Rype and its employees to resolve this dispute now and move ahead with building the long-term viability of this business,"says Sorensen in a prepared statement.

"Sun-Rype has advised the mediator that we are prepared to accept the recommendations if they are voted and ratified by the union membership in a timely manner."

Sorensen acknowledges the past two months have been difficult for both the employees and the company.

"We cannot continue to operate this way indefinitely and we sincerely hope the union puts the offer to a vote."

Sun-Rype employees, members of Teamsters Local 213, have been on strike since November 6. They have been without a contract since August 31, 2006.

Union officials were not available for comment