September 7, 2016 6:59 pm | Updated 5 years ago.
In a move that could result in outsourcing snow-making and grooming duties to outside workers, union leaders representing Minneapolis park keepers are demanding park commissioners to block the proposal.
This issue will be coming before the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on Wednesday night when the authorities are scheduled to make a final decision on three agreements that would allow a planned Adventure Welcome Center at Theodore Wirth Park to go ahead. City Employees’ Local 363 also showed their displeasure towards the outsourcing proposal because it will affect the work that’s part of the jurisdiction of union workers, according to Kevin Moody, the union’s business manager. Moody also said that if this proposal passes they will file a grievance. Although the Park Board has said that no park keepers would be laid off as due to this proposal but their duties would shift.
The Park and Loppet officials have argued that the proposed decision will achieve a higher level of grooming quality, which will further attract more skiers and generate higher revenue.
Date of Publication: September 6, 2016