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BLUE-COLLAR UNION AIMS TO BLOCK LAND TRANSFER

Niagara County's blue-collar union will try to block the transfer of 50 acres of county land on Day Road to the Town of Lockport.

Edward McDonald, president of Local 182, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Wednesday that he will pursue "every legal means to keep them from taking our work away." He said he is not sure whether a lawsuit or a charge of unfair labor practices will be filed.

Since 2001, the town has leased the land from the county and is developing it into a park. In 2002, McDonald signed an agreement with then-Legislature Chairman Bradley E. Erck and then-Human Resources Director Bruce Fenwick, granting the county's union park workers the right to maintain the property.

At Tuesday's Legislature meeting, where the transfer of ownership was approved, Legislators Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, and Glenn S. Aronow, R-Lockport, argued the 2002 deal was invalid because the Legislature never ratified it.

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