Nfld. & Labrador

Roads unsafe as Happy Valley-Goose Bay lockout continues, some residents say

There's growing frustration in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador as a municipal lockout continues into its fourth week.
Adam's Loop [in Happy Valley-Goose Bay] earlier in the week after the road was plowed the night before by town managers. (Submitted by Tish Connors)

There's growing frustration in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador as a municipal lockout continues into its fourth week. 

Town workers are off the job — with the exception of those fulfilling the essential services contract — and little is being done to maintain roads.

CUPE, the union representing employees, rejected the town's offer recently due to wage concerns. 

So far this season, the town has had more than fifty per cent more snow than average years.

It would be difficult to manage at the best of times, but right now a skeleton crew is maintaining town roads    

"This is ridiculous. Kids are out playing, you're not going to see them when you're coming around corners," resident Don Anderson said. "Not just that, there's other vehicles."

"It's really become like a real state and something needs to be done." 

Classes for students in Kindergarten to Grade seven have been cancelled for two days and buses are off the roads.

Students like Alexandra Cabot at Mealy Mountain Collegiate has her own car, and is carpooling in order for everyone to get to school.

"There has been a lot of snow days because we have had a lot of snow, and it's been really cold," Cabot told CBC News.

" I have missed quite a lot of school to be honest and it is reflecting on my marks, and I really need Grade 12 because I have to graduate this year." 

The poor road conditions and the continued lockout is a top topic of discussion, and residents say it's not hard to see tension in the town building.
    
Mayor Jamie Snook said the two sides are at the bargaining table Wednesday, hoping to reach a deal before another big snowfall that's expected for Friday.

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