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LAYOFFS APPEAR LIKELY IN CHEEKTOWAGA UNION CHIEF FEARS TIME HAS RUN OUT FOR NEW ACCORD

Norbert Rutkowski, Town of Cheektowaga Employees Association president, said Wednesday he does not think there is time to renegotiate the association's agreement in time to prevent the layoffs of about 65 non-union temporary employees June 29.

The union has canceled a planned ratification meeting Saturday because the Town Board has failed to approve the tentative agreement that was to be voted on. However, Councilman Andrew A. Kulyk, head of the board's Labor Committee, said he will ask the board to review the question at a work session Monday.

The union's executive committee decided to cancel the planned ratification vote after the tentative agreement was tabled Monday by Supervisor Frank E. Swiatek and Councilman Dennis H. Gabryszak.

"We've been working on this since '88. I'm disappointed. I thought all the talking was done," Rutkowski said.

The tabled agreement, worked out by union negotiators and Kulyk, head of the Town Board's Labor Committee, would extend the existing contract for one year until the end of 1992.

The agreement would also resolve the issue of use of non- union temporary employees and below-contract wages.

A meeting has been scheduled with an arbitrator for July 3 about unresolved grievances brought by the union.

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