Cornwall Ontario – CUPE sent out a release today.
The four CUPE locals who have been on strike in Cornwall have each ratified their tentative agreements. Assuming City Council and the Library Board both ratify from management’s side today, people will return to work on Tuesday.
Oddly enough more questions are being asked now than during the strike. For instance if the sole reason for the impasse that led to a two year contract delay and strike was in fact the clawback of sick leave by the city why didn’t CUPE communicate that to the media and public?
Likewise, how did the city end up hiring a HR poohbah that clearly didn’t know that CUPE would never give up on that issue?
Going by comments made by Councilor Rivette we can see that some of the very councilors that the Labour Council rubber stamped in the last election let the unions down and hard.
No word of the exact agreement has been released, but it should be interesting to see how much of the time on strike that CUPE leveraged after our interview with ex HR manager Robert Menagh broke the back of the strike?
And while we’re mentioning Menagh, why didn’t Ms Adams allow him to apply for the open Labour negotiator position in the HR department? He was let go without cause and his record in Cornwall clearly was positive?
Will this council hold Geoff Clarke and Maureen Adams responsible for this very expensive and divisive mess or are her family ties in the community to strong(a local judge and political active lawyer in the fam) for a weak, spineless, and ignorant council to hold accountable?
Add in back rises as the new contract would normally start when the old one ended and it looks like another massive tax increase for ratepayers in Cornwall in 2019!
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