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Town of Swan River / CUPE Update


The Town of Swan River has felt obliged to respond publicly to allegations made by the union that represents their employees – CUPE Local 851.

“The reality is that there have been and remain many proposals from both sides on a variety of issues, monetary and otherwise, and we are confident that there will be a collective agreement reached in the near future that is fair to all concerned,” they said in their news release.

Yesterday (Oct. 22) CUPE accused the Town of delaying a resolution and stated that the Town “Town has demanded that employees take concessions that would include giving up some of their statutory holidays”.

The Town said this was wrongly reported and that they have never proposed nor are they trying to take away legislated statutory holidays. 

“While CUPE does not bargain through the media, I thought that citizens of Swan River deserved to know that there could be a strike following the municipal election if issues are not resolved,” said Paul Klein, President of CUPE 851. “Residents have a right to know that when they go to the polls.”

The Union represents most inside and outside workers for the Town including staff that work in the Town office, the water treatment plant, road repair, snow removal, garbage collection, and the Richardson Recreation and Wellness Centre.

“Should the Union decide to pursue job action, the Town has plans in place to maintain essential operations and services,” said the Town. “Fire protection, water, sewer, garbage collection, snow clearing, town office and Centennial Arena operations will continue.

“The Town is committed to the negotiation process and is fully prepared to continue negotiations.”