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Town of Tonawanda union airs contract grievances on billboard

Members of the largest union representing Town of Tonawanda workers, who have worked without a contract for six years, erected a billboard this week to pressure the town into negotiating a new deal.

The Hourly Employees Association of the Town of Tonawanda represents 195 workers in the town's highway, water, parks, water and wastewater treatment departments.

On Monday, the union expressed its frustration on a billboard on Sheridan Drive near the bike path entrance, said union President Paul Catalano.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger said the town doesn't have unlimited funds.

Catalano said his union is willing to give up back pay and contribute to its health insurance, but the town wants additional concessions involving retirement, co-pays and family leave.

"We are willing to give things up, but we don't want to give up everything in one contract," said Catalano.


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