10/10/2014 10:29 EDT | Updated 12/10/2014 05:59 EST

Locked-out workers and Mount Pearl, N.L., returning to bargaining table

MOUNT PEARL, N.L. - The union representing about 140 locked-out municipal workers in Mount Pearl, N.L., says it is cautiously optimistic about returning to the bargaining table.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says both sides will resume negotiations with a conciliator.

Unionized municipal workers were locked out Sept. 30 by their employer after negotiations reached an impasse.

Workers rejected the city's last offer, which included a wage increase of about 12 per cent over four years.