Water operators should be classified as essential workers like Police and Firefighters. We provide a life sustaining service to our communities. Removing or providing relief to employers during a lockout or strike removes all incentives for employers to negotiate fairly and puts communities at great risk as employers can request relief to operate water systems without the trained and qualified staff. It is understood that relief during a pandemic and other emergencies should be provided. As recent experience has shown Water Utilities can operate effectively and safely during emergencies.
This relief should not be extended during a lockout or strike. Classifying water operators as essential life sustaining workers gives us parity with our employer.
Submitted May 19, 2021 11:21 AM