Cornwall Ontario – The buzz finally hit the page as Cornwall City Councilor Andre Rivette leaked to the CBC and then confirmed with CFN, that the issue that led to the CUPE strike is the city asking the union to move from 100% of wages for up to 17 weeks per year of short term leave to 75%.
The Union had not shared why they’ve been on strike; just that after years without new contracts for its locals they were hitting the streets which in itself is odd.
This morning Andrea Addario of CUPE gave a clear “No Comment” regarding Rivette’s comments. She did confirm that the issues are wages and concessions.
Rivette confirmed that Geoff Clarke and his many titles brought the issue of leave to council supported by his long time good friend CAO Maureen Adams. ( The two worked in the auto sector in the Toronto area around the same time before moving down the 401 to Cornwall)
Council supported the stand on this issue. Rivette confirmed that he was the lone vote against for example at Monday’s Council meeting. (Mark MacDonald, Justin Towndale, and Maurice Dupelle were not present) He’s also not running again in the upcoming Fall election. It should be interesting to see if Council brings in an Integrity Commish over the Mark MacDonald issue if this ends up on their plate too as clearly Rivette has compromised the HR and CAO; although Council could simply fire the CAO and change direction as well.
He confirmed that the offer to be voted on Monday still has no change regarding the 75% clawback on leave.
He also confirmed that Mayoralty hopeful, and local art hating fascist David Murphy, supported the clawback of CUPE workers leave.
Councilor Rivette also confirmed that the impasse is the leave issue which makes sense as the City resolved a contract with their Cornwall Transit workers recently establishing a level of increases to wages.
Rivette also felt that the issue of abuse of leave should’ve been addressed rather than the amateur hour of trying to claw back a long term leave issue. IE identify workers abusing leave and dealing with them.
Monday CUPE workers vote on the City’s offer which includes the cut to 75%.
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