Trenton workers vote to strike

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A small group of municipal outside workers with the Town of Trenton have voted almost unanimously in favour of strike action.

 

"The members of Local 281 have now sent a strong message to this employer and town council that they are not prepared to take any concessions in this round of bargaining,” CUPE National Representative Betty Jean Sutherland says.

"If this employer is serious about wanting to save money, they should revisit the union's offer to create one bargaining unit supervised by one supervisor and get rid of two fully-salaried supervisors.

The Town of Trenton has a total of five public works employees, two seasonal parks and recreation employees and 2.5 part-time employees at the rink. These nine-and-half employees have three full-time supervisors.

“This is as top heavy as a municipal workforce gets," she said.

Sutherland says the union informed the town about the strike vote this morning and has suggested the two sides need to get back to the bargaining table to avoid a disruption in service to town residents.

Cathy MacGillivray, CAO for the town of Trenton, said she would not be able to comment until after the town’s negotiating committee meets Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. 

Geographic location: Trenton

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