CORNWALL – The city’s Aquatic Center and Richelieu Day Care Center will close if a city strike happens Thursday.
Those are just some of the contingency plans the city has in store if CUPE outside workers, paramedics, librarians hit the picket line. They will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. Thursday (May 17). Inside workers with Local 3251 are not in a strike position until the following week (May 23).
The worker groups have been without a contract since 2015 or 2016.
The city outlined the changes to services in its City Hall Bulletin periodical.
They include shutting down the day care center on York Street as well as the Aquatic Center and all outdoor pools. Splash pads would still be running.
Welfare and disability cheques will still be processed and mailed out but the social services office in Winchester will be closed.
The library on Second Street East would be running on reduced service hours.
As for the Benson Center and the Cornwall Civic Complex, already scheduled events would continue but some programming may be affected.
As for building, the turnaround time for permits might be longer than usual and site inspections may be delayed because the bylaw department will be working on a reduced level.
Services not affected by the strike include Cornwall Transit, garbage and recycling pickup, police, fire, Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge and parking enforcement.