CUPE’s Springhill members request legal status for upcoming dissolution meeting

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Union says its members have a stake in utility and review board decision on town future

SPRINGHILL – The union for the Town of Springhill’s municipal workers is seeking legal status at an upcoming meeting about possible dissolution of the town.

"On behalf of Local 919, our lawyer has written the utilities and review board asking for standing at the June 18 meeting, which is known as a 'hearing for a preliminary order,'” CUPE national representative Betty Jean Sutherland said in a news release.

Sutherland said the union understands the board will not hear evidence or arguments on the merits of the application at the June 18 meeting. The merits of the application will be considered at the public hearing, the date of which will be advertised once in the newspaper and tentatively scheduled for the fall.

Local 919 also wishes to have formal standing to call witnesses or to cross-examine witnesses at the public hearing.

"CUPE Local 919, on behalf of its members, has a real and substantial interest in this application," said Sutherland

Sutherland said the union localand its members have a rich history in the town. The union was certified in 1965. As new classifications arose over the years, they were added to the bargaining unit and the collective agreement.

"This history of collective bargaining has included a number of key components of value not only to the members of Local 919, but also to the town and its citizens,” Sutherland said. “This value and ongoing contribution to the community should not be lost, and that's what we will be telling the UARB when it meets."

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    June 12, 2014 - 16:39

    What happens to the Local 919 on dissolution ? Does the Local end with end of the town ? What about the employees , are they all technically laid off or transferred to the County ? Shouldn't the union be working with the transition team now to make the best deal for the employees while there is elbow room for the County to look for ways to absorb the workers ?