The union representing employees at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is concerned that the recommendations of the CBRM Task Force will negatively impact workers, their families and their communities.
“The Task Force has come to the conclusion that eliminating jobs is the solution for the municipality’s revenue shortfall, yet on the other hand they admit that CBRM departments are operating efficiently, ” says CUPE National Representative Wanda Power. “What will happen to these efficiencies if there is not enough staff to carry out the work of these departments?”
The Task Force recommendations include an early retirement incentive plan and refers to 110 positions that meet the rules for retirement. The report talks about “right sizing” the municipality and “significant reorganization.”
While the union is not opposed to restructuring in order to better serve residents, it is concerned that restructuring could happen without input from staff and without consideration of the impact on jobs.
“Any impact on the workforce is potentially detrimental to families and communities in CBRM, ” says Power. “It is imperative that the union have the opportunity to consult with the employer before any steps are taken to implement these recommendations, and have input along the way during any restructuring process.”
CUPE represents over 500 inside and outside workers in the CBRM including crossing guards, transit operators, waste water treatment plant operators, by-law enforcement officers, engineering technicians and customer service representatives.