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