Lambert Chu, deputy city manager and liaison for the Burnaby Fire Department, is hoping, however, to get the process moving as soon as possible.
"We're trying to find an arbitrator that has a fairly open schedule to allow us to get a quick appointment so that the case can be heard," Chu
The NOW asked Chu
if anyone on council or the mayor was trying to drag this process out, considering how long it's taken so far, but he
was adamant that council and the mayor aren't involved in the negotiations.
"This is done right at the staff level.
This contract negotiation is carried out through the city manager's office and a representative from the fire union, and we basically keep our council informed of the progress but the council isn't involved in any negotiation," Chu
Lamoureux has asked Chu
to put forward some additional choices for arbitrators this week.
If they can find someone they both want, then hopefully the process can move forward, something Chu
is optimistic will happen sooner rather than later.
"As soon as we can get an arbitrator confirmed, then we'll have a more definitive idea of the schedule he
may be available," Chu