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Plan cancelled to give unpaid leave to city staff over Christmas

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The controversial plan to give city workers 3.5 days of unpaid leave over the Christmas break was officially cancelled during the city council meeting this morning.

Finance chairman Russ Wyatt moved a motion to kill the plan, citing the need to keep staff on during what could be another bad winter.

However, Coun. Brian Mayes said the unions were fighting the proposal and given the city’s recent poor track record on legal advice, he believes the smart thing to do was to drop the plan.

Wyatt told reporters during the lunch break there is a need to have all city staff available to work next winter.

The unpaid leave was a $1.5-million budget cut affecting only non-essential workers.

Wyatt said the money saved wasn’t worth the risk of not having staff available during the winter.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM CDT: corrects typo

5:14 PM: Adds art

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