Metro Labour Relations Bureau releases arbitrator’s report on its future

The Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau, which is supposed to co-ordinate collective bargaining across the region, today released this report, by senior arbitrator Jim Dorsey, recommending options for its future.

The bureau, which never had Surrey as a full participant, has been shaken by the withdrawal of one municipality after another. Richmond and Coquitlam are out, Burnaby, Vancouver and Delta have given notice they wish to leave.

What next? It’s hard to say. Many municipalities have signalled their approval of Dorsey’s recommendations, but as Dorsey points out, the larger municipalities have made it clear there is no option that would induce them to support the status quo.