5 Wing weather office cuts off the table: union

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Plans to axe four of six positions at the 5 Wing weather office have been cancelled.

Bernie Bolger, president of PSAC Local 90125, said he was told by officials at Serco — the base service provider — at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday that the 5 Wing weather office would not lose any positions, as was reported earlier this week.

“There will be no reductions in staff, and the weather office will remain operational 24-7,” said Bolger.

“I feel good, the workers feel good — which is the main reason we took this on, for the workers.”

Bolger said although they have the word that staff and operations are to remain status quo, he said he still plans to follow up on the matter.

“We are going to request that the direction (for the status quo) be put in writing,” noted Bolger.

There will be no reductions in staff, and the weather office will remain operational 24-7. Bernie Bolger, PSAC Local 90125 president

“Also, we have written requests put to the minister of National Defence and the regional minister for Newfoundland and Labrador to see why (the decision to cut jobs) all came about in the first place. We also need to see what the future plans for 5 Wing Goose Bay are.”

On Wednesday, Bolger was informed that four of six jobs would be chopped at the weather office at 5 Wing, and hours would be scaled back from a 24-7 operation to a Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 5 p.m. schedule.

Bolger commented this would have had a serious negative impact on the aerial Search and Rescue operations of 444 Combat Support Squadron.


The Labradorian

Organizations: PSAC Local 90125, National Defence

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Wing Goose Bay

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