Union says Charlottetown Treatment Plant doesn't need around-the-clock coverage

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City of Charlottetown and plant workers disagree on 24/7 shifts as part of contract negotiations

Charlottetown Pollution Control plant on Riverside Drive

Unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, Charlottetown waste water treatment plant workers have filed an application with Labour Minister Janice Sherry to appoint a conciliation officer, says Bill McKinnon, national representative for CUPE.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 501 represents eight waste water treatment plant employees. The employees operate the waste water collection and treatment facility on Riverside Drive and have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2012.

McKinnon says the main stumbling block from the union’s perspective is the city’s position that the treatment plant on Riverside Drive become a 24/7 operation.

“Presently, employees at the plant work an eight-hour day, Monday to Friday, with overtime for any callouts or duties that require work after hours. The employees at the plant, all very qualified and capable, agree that there is nothing about the Charlottetown Treatment Plant, now or foreseeable into the future, that would require a 24/7 operation. This is to say nothing of the added expense that the city would incur needlessly by going to a 24/7 operation.”

Organizations: CUPE.Canadian Union of Public Employees

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Riverside Drive

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  • justin
    May 21, 2014 - 11:05

    This shows just how completely out control this union and workers really are. Imagine the union telling the employer what they need and don't need. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

  • Michael
    May 21, 2014 - 07:51

    It would be interesting to see how much overtime they currently get, if somebody is getting overtime every weekend then it proves they need somebody 24/7. The issue is probably the fact they like getting overitme at time and a half and if they went to a 24/7 shop they would only get straight time.

  • Unions Suck
    May 21, 2014 - 07:41

    The reason the workers are opposed to this is because they will lose overtime pay if it's manned 24 hours a day. Unions suck and ruin chances GOOD workers have from getting jobs by pulling this crap. Fire them all and hire private.

  • Real issue
    May 21, 2014 - 07:16

    I wouldn't be surprised that the blue-collar employees get a lot of overtime pay in the course of a year because of their white-collar hours and they don't want to lose that.

  • Want the Job
    May 21, 2014 - 06:33

    If they don't want to work, I will be happy to send in my resume.