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Guards rally for wage bump

Members of the union representing Kelowna’s jail guards held a rally outside city hall today, calling on mayor Colin Basran to help them reach a deal with their employer.

The 17 Kelowna guards are represented by CUPE Local 338, which has been sparring with Commissionaires BC for months over what it feels are “unacceptable” wages.

The City of Kelowna contracts Commissioners to provide jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP detachment. Those guards make $16.50 an hour, compared to wages in the mid-twenties and higher in nearby cities.

“When I hear $25 (an hour) in Chilliwack, 27 in Nanaimo, 30 in Prince George, $25 an hour just down the road in Penticton... You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out there is something wrong,” CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said.

For more on why the Commissionaires' Julie Powers says the union is "mischaracterizing" the company, check out the full story on Castanet's sister business news website, Okanagan Edge.



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