Monday, December 04, 2006

Niagara Parks Commission employees to protest loss of local jobs

Niagara Parks Commission employees to protest loss of local jobs

NIAGARA FALLS – Employees of the Niagara Parks Commission will hold an information picket on Monday to protest an employer position that would replace local employees with out-of-area contractors.

DATE: Monday, December 4, 2006
TIME: 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: 5881 Dunn Street (Corner of Dorchester and Dunn), Niagara Falls

Employees at the Commission want to inform the public of a situation that could severely reduce or eliminate the chances of local residents being able to get jobs with one of Niagara Falls’ biggest employers.

“The Commission wants to use outside help to run Niagara’s parks and tourist attractions,” says Colin MacKenzie, chair of the bargaining team negotiating with the Commission. “They want to hire contractors from outside Niagara Falls to do this work as cheap as possible.”

MacKenzie said that all other items at the bargaining table have been settled with the exception of the contracting out issue. On this issue alone, employees have given the bargaining team a 93 per cent strike mandate.

“We’re talking about our future, and the future of the young people living in this area,” MacKenzie said. “We want good, decent-paying jobs available to the people in Niagara Falls. That shouldn’t be too much to ask for, and it’s what the people of this area deserve.”

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For further information:

Colin MacKenzie (905) 374-8756

Mark Kotanen, OPSEU Staff Representative (647) 229-0376


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