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Union seeks conciliation in contract talks

Contract negotiations with the Town’s 80 unionized employees have reached an impasse over wages, according to a press release issued by the Town this afternoon.

The union has requested the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator following a vote giving the bargaining committee a mandate to strike if conciliation fails.

The two sides have met seven times since late November and “significant progress” had been made.

It is not known what the Town offered but early budget documents for 2014 show less than one per cent increase in wage costs.

The last contract expired on Dec. 31, 2013.

The two sides worked out a deal last time after three meetings with a conciliator. The union accepted a wage freeze with lump-sum payments of $500 the first year and $750 the second.

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  1. Miriela Fonseca | Jan 25, 2014 | Reply

    A lot of people in Fort Erie have been left without a job, had or have to sell their houses, move their families out of town to get a job. It is beyond me that the Town’s employees and the Economic Development agency is asking for raises. The tax money comes from taxpayers; hard working canadians, elderly people on pensions; and people without jobs. Be happy you have a job. The town councilors should pass a bylaw that requires all town employees to reside in Fort Erie. We need all the help we can get.

  2. Mike Cloutier | Feb 8, 2014 | Reply

    It is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to discriminate against anyone in Canada because of where they live.

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