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65 EMPLOYEES FACE LAYOFFS IN CHEEKTOWAGA TOWN FAILURE TO APPROVE UNION AGREEMENT AFFECTS TEMPORARY WORKERS

About 65 temporary employees -- some who have worked for several years -- are scheduled to be laid off June 29, after the Cheektowaga Town Board failed to approve a tentative agreement with the Town Employees Association.

Supervisor Frank E. Swiatek and Councilman Dennis H. Gabryszak tabled the proposed agreement Monday evening. Two board members can delay consideration of any resolution until the board's next regular meeting, which is July 2.

Norbert Rutkowski, union president, said Tuesday that it is unlikely the union will hold a ratification meeting Saturday, as planned, since the board has not acted on the proposal.

Swiatek said Tuesday that he hopes an agreement can be worked out, with a special board meeting to approve it before June 29 to avert the layoffs.

The tabled agreement, worked out by union representatives and Councilman Andrew A. Kulyk, head of the board's Labor Committee, would extend the town's contract with the union for one year, through the end of 1991, and permit temporary employees on the payroll since Jan. 2 to continue to work.

The tentative agreement would provide that the non-union "seasonal employees" be paid at new wage scales between their current pay and union scale. They are now paid $4.65 to $7 an hour. The lowest hourly wages in the contract are $9.03 for cleaners and $10.21 for laborers.

An arbitrator's ruling that temporary employees cannot work longer than 24 weeks is to go into effect June 29. The union has another session with the arbitrator July 3.

Swiatek said implementing the tentative agreement would cost $365,000 for the last four months of this year and for 1991.

It would be "fiscal lunacy" to incur these costs when "we don't have a handle on expenditures and revenues for next year," he said.

Kulyk questioned those figures, and said an arbitrator's decision might cost the town more.

Councilman William P. Rogowski said "services are going to be curtailed" as a result of the layoffs.

The board also voted to authorize an additional $7,500 for fees to the law firm of Moot & Sprague involving condemnation proceedings for land for the proposed town golf course. The original $7,500 authorization already has been spent. Rogowski voted against the measure.

Swiatek reported that within a month, the town will build turnarounds at the Buell Avenue street closing, and regrade a Castlewood Drive slope at Barbados Drive to reduce traffic hazards. The board also:

Approved an agreement with Jones Intercable Inc., which will pay the town $5,500 for operating a cable television system serving the Sky Harbor trailer home development which has been without a town franchise since January 1988.

Heard two persons object to a proposed ban on radio-controlled model aircraft in town parks.

Heard representatives of Friends of the Woods support a proposed town Conservation Advisory Council and suggest names for membership.

Scheduled hearings at 6:30 p.m. July 2 on requests of Zbigniew J. Bielinski to rezone 688 Cayuga Creek Road from residential to apartments, and Judith A. Chartrand to rezone 78 Joseph St. from residential to apartments.

Granted a rezoning sought by Joseph LaPorta for property at 2810 Union Road from retail business to general commercial to permit repairs to undersides of automobiles, with conditions.

Supported the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's proposed new policy on payments in lieu of taxes.

Authorized a $14,677 community development loan funds to repair a home at 41 Reo Ave.

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