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NPCA should cancel $150,000 RFP at their meeting today: OPSEU

Office of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).

Welland – The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) has called a last-minute public Board meeting for 2 p.m. today at its Welland Headquarters with one agenda item: “Update RFP process.”

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), is hopeful that this “update” will be to cancel the RFP (Request for Proposals) process completely.

“I hope this means they’ve come to their senses,” said Thomas. “There’s no reason for them to pay $150,000 for a private consultant to do an ‘operational review’ when the Auditor General has offered to do a full, impartial audit for free.”

OPSEU represents the non-supervisory staff at the NPCA, including the former unit steward, also a highly-skilled mapping and data analyst, who was laid off on Valentine’s Day this year due to “budgetary reasons.”

“Once they cancel the RFP, take the Auditor General up on her offer and save that $150,000, they can reinstate their laid-off staff,” said Thomas. “It’s all about having the right priorities.”

For more information: Warren (Smokey) Thomas, 613-329-1931