Is it all about the sick leave?

Seaway News - - Opinion - NICK SEEBRUCH

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@

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

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