Is it all about the sick leave?
In a recent CBC story, Cornwall City Councillor Andre Rivette said that a main point of contention in this ongoing strike is the amount of pay that workers receive while they are on sick leave.
According to the CBC, through Andre Rivette, workers receive 100 percent of their pay while on long- term sick leave, which could last up-to 17 weeks. Rivette said to the CBC that the City wanted to see union workers take a 25 percent pay cut while on longterm sick leave. Neither the City of Cornwall administration, nor the union would confirm any of what Rivette told the CBC, but the union did say that the amount of sick leave its workers receive varies based on factors like position and presumably seniority.
Now, as someone who gets five days of sick leave, 17 weeks seems like a lot. I don’t know many jobs that give that much longterm sick leave. However, I will admit, that if I came down with a serious illness, I would not want to have to worry about losing my job.
I do feel however, that the City is not being unreasonable in its demand to reduce the pay of workers on sick leave. Maybe, a 25 percent cut in pay is too much, but there must be an acceptable solution that can be reached.
When a worker is out on long-term sick leave, the City and the taxpayer have to pay more to get their work done. Either by paying overtime to other employees to carry the extra load, or by paying contractors to cover the sick employee’s responsibilities.
As I said, an employee should not have to worry about losing their job while they’re sick, but the City also has to worry about how it will meet its budget priorities and ful- fill their service obligations.
Ultimately, I’ll echo what I wrote in my column last week, whatever the issues are at the table, it is our dollars and our services that will be affected so as the ones who are affected, we should have a say before a deal is signed that we will have to live with for years to come.
What do you think of this revelation about sick leave for City workers? Email me a Letter to the Editor at nicholas.seebruch@ tc.tc
managed to keep most of it. He invested in real estate. These days he earns six-figure appearance fees for corporate events in places like Las Vegas.
“When I speak to kids, I tell them that if I can make it, so can they. It just takes a lot of hard work,” he said.
Holmes, travelling from his home in Easton, Penn., made a guest appearance with his former foe and now good friend Gerry Cooney for the May 26 amateur Boxing for Change charity event at the Ed Lumley Arena.
“An absolute gentleman,” said Sean Adams, who talked Holmes into joining his old foe Cooney for the Cornwall Treatment Centre fundraiser.
Of the relationship, Diane Holmes “Foes for a night, friends for a lifetime.”
The gracious Holmes stole the show, which wasn’t unexpected.
“He was so good,” said Adams. “He’d go over and talk to the (young) losers and give them a pat on the back and offer them a tip or two.”
Back in 1982 champion Holmes and Cooney, No. 1 contender, staged one of the greatest heavyweight championship bouts of all time. Holmes scored a 13th-round TKO when Cooney ran out of gas.
“I wasn’t ready for the fight (to go so long),” said Cooney, who had just one fight in the previous 12 months, an early first-round upset knockout of top ranked Ken Norton.
Unscrupulous promoter Don King slapped “The Great White Hope” label on Cooney, something the challenger didn’t want any part of.
“He did it to hype the fight (and make more money),” said Cooney.
The Great White Hope thing stirred the racial pot. Holmes received death threats from white supremacists. One threat, from the Ku Klux Klan, said Holmes would be shot as he stepped into the ring. Police snipers were stationed on roof tops surrounding Caesars Palace parking lot where the fight was being staged. Was Holmes worried? “I was hoping they’d miss (me) and hit Gerry,” laughed Holmes.
HERE AND THERE Not many of those who played in the North End Fastball League glory years were more competitive than Johnny Fyfe, a gifted athlete who had a long career as catcher for the Courtaulds club. Johnny came to play game in and game out. And he was good. He was the heart and soul of those Courtaulds teams. Johnny passed away on May 22. He was 84.
DIALING BACK June 1953 - An estimated 8,000 people jammed into the Athletic Grounds for Queen Elizabeth Coronation celebrations. Four parades, all with different starting points, converged on the Grounds. The parades had a total of 3,000 marchers while hundreds of residents lined the parade routes. In the evening a dance was held at Cornwall Community Arena the Burton Heward Orchestra playing. ... The federal government offered a $50,000 grant for construction of an airport six miles northwest of the city. The Cornwall Municipal Airport Commission was created to oversee the project. ... Dominion Tar and Chemical Co. announced a $1.5 million expansion of its fibre conduit plant at Seventh and Cumberland streets. ... Eight residents were fined $5 for allowing their dogs to run at large. ... Terrence Cleary, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cleary of Lunenburg received a degree of Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from Queen’s University. ... Ernest Bellefeuille received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Toronto. ... A double tenement at Hickory and Second streets was torn down for construction of a service station being built by Mrs. H. T. Donihee. ... Two Maxville brothers were killed and three others injured in a single-car accident on Highway 34 near Alexandria. ... Adolph Jodoin Sr. of the Canadian Cottons weave department retired after 67 years at the east Cornwall mill. He was 80. Marmaduke Loke with 52 years service and Pauline Berube with 51 years service also retired. ... City businessmen Lloyd Gallinger and George Bringloe announced plans to build a 30-room hotel on Pitt Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. It would be called the Northway Hotel. ... In a one-month drive, local boy scouts collected 3.5 tons of waste paper.
TRIVIA On June 27, 1959 U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon visited Cornwall. What was the occasion?
TRIVIA ANSWER Dale Hawerchuk was selected first overall in the 1981 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets. In 1990 The Quebec Nordiques made Owen Nolan the first overall pick. Royals’ defenceman John Slaney was taken ninth overall by the Washington Capitals.
ONE MORE THING I never said most of the things I said. - Yogi Berra