Nataional Union of Public and General Employees
93% strike mandate to save jobs at Niagara Parks Commission
'There is no point having improvements to wages, benefits or working conditions if you don’t have a job.' - Colin MacKenzie
Niagara Falls (19 Nov. 2006) – Approximately 550 employees of the Niagara Parks Commission have voted 93% in favour of striking if necessary to save full-time and seasonal jobs.
The employees are members of Local 217 of the Ontario Public Service Employees UNION (OPSEU/NUPGE). Conciliation is scheduled to begin Dec. 6. The employees will be in a legal strike position by Dec. 31.
Colin MacKenzie, bargaining team chair, says the dispute boils down to one issue - contracting out. All other issues have been tentatively settled.
“This is all about stopping this employer from contracting out our jobs. The Niagara Parks Commission is systematically destroying jobs and replacing them with outside contracts,” he says.
“There is no point having improvements to wages, benefits or working conditions if you don’t have a job. Our members are adamant that we take a stand against this employer’s practice of contracting out our work. Niagara Falls lives on tourist revenue, and our members at the Parks Commission are the absolute best at what they do. To sell off our jobs to contractors who know nothing about this work will hurt Niagara Falls over the long term.”
The employees tend to the grounds and greenhouses, perform maintenance and operate restaurants, concessions and tours at one of Ontario’s busiest tourist attractions. NUPGE
Web posted by NUPGE: 19 November 2006