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Letter to Editor from Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain and Lakeshore Council
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Letter to Editor from Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain and Lakeshore Council
Dear Lakeshore Citizens and Users of the Atlas Tube Centre, On behalf of your Council, I want to thank everyone for sharing their opinions regarding the work stoppage by our Part-Time Facility Attendants at the Atlas Tube Centre. We’ve heard strong feelings from all sides of the issue - your desire to offer fair pay for our valued part-time staff and your equally clear desire for responsible spending.
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Lakeshore - March 20, 2019 - Dear Lakeshore Citizens and Users of the Atlas Tube Centre,

On behalf of your Council, I want to thank everyone for sharing their opinions regarding the work stoppage by our Part-Time Facility Attendants at the Atlas Tube Centre. We’ve heard strong feelings from all sides of the issue - your desire to offer fair pay for our valued part-time staff and your equally clear desire for responsible spending. Council and I want you to know that we are listening to all sides and that we share these values. The concepts of fair pay and fiscal responsibility have, in fact, been the twin cornerstones of our approach to the negotiations with the union.

With that in mind, we looked at the rates paid to employees at similar facilities across the region. We found that, even before any wage increases, our staff already earn a rate well above what most of the region’s facilities pay. In fact, they already earn dramatically more than the City of Windsor’s Facility Attendants. Even so, we are proud of our workers and want to support them with compensation that is competitive and motivating. We therefore offered a healthy and reasonable increase above the current $20.36/hour.

The union rejected that offer and is demanding an 18% increase to $24/hr. We hold that this is not sustainable and that acceptance of the offer would constitute a failure on our part to responsibly manage taxpayer monies. There is simply no basis, under current economic realities, to rationalize such a large increase.

It is also worth stating that, during this work stoppage, the public has been exposed to a variety of incorrect or misleading information. The Town is committed to communicating only fact-based and accurate information so that our taxpayers can draw informed and supportable conclusions. We are also committed to resuming negotiations and will consider any reasonable proposal that provides fair compensation for our hard-working staff, and that fairly balances our responsibility to our taxpayers.

Let’s all work together to bring this work stoppage to a timely conclusion.

Regards,

Tom Bain
Mayor, Town of Lakeshore
Lakeshore Council

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