Saturday, December 02, 2006

NIAGARA THIS WEEK DEC.1/06

Shortage of work?

Dec 1, 2006

Annually the Niagara Parks Commission lays off its seasonal employees due to what the Commission calls a "shortage of work."

Unfortunately the length of the work season for a large portion of the seasonals has declined over the past few years much to the disapproval of those affected.

In October of this year the southern Niagara peninsula was hit with a major snow storm that caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to property and utilities. A large section of the damage was along the Niagara Parkway.

The storm hit just as the first group of employees from the Horticulture Department were being laid off.

The clean up has been under way since the storm ended and looks as though it could take at least three to five more weeks. Although a few seasonals were given extensions to work longer, the clean-up of the aftermath would have been quicker and possibly more thorough if the Niagara Parks Commission would have included all of the seasonals who were going to be laid off.

Not only would the clean up have been completed quicker but it would have given the seasonal staff a few extra weeks of much needed work to help get them through the winter.

Ian Mather

Vice-President, OPSEU LOCAL 217

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