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BCWA brass, union relationship improving

BCWA brass, union relationship improving

Four months after a prominent union official said he was “declaring war” against management at the Bristol County Water Authority, unionized workers have elected a new slate of officers and the relationship between the two sides appears to be much improved. The “war” declaration came in July from Bobby Mahoney, a senior national representative for

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Bristol County risking ‘catastrophic’ water failure

When Bristol Town Councilman Tim Sweeney accidentally spilled his water while making a point at Monday night’s special Town Council meeting, he quipped, “There’s our redundant water supply.” Although he made light of the topic that prompted the meeting, Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand gave a bleak report that could affect thousands

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Water Authority denies union’s accusations

The union representing Bristol County Water Authority workers has accused the authority of improperly installing water pipes as part of its “war” against the water company, charges the authority denies. The UWUA AFL-CIO recently declared “war” on the water company, after the authority changed its time clock procedures when employees are called into emergency service.

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Jannitto re-appointed to BCWA board

John Jannitto is back on the Bristol County Water Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Jannitto, one of Warren’s three representatives on the board, was reappointed unanimously to a three-tar term Tuesday night by the Warren Town Council. The last time Mr. Jannitto was reappointed, the town council split 3-2 on the vote.

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BCWA: Water main was repaired in three hours

A broken water main left a number of Bristol County Water Authority customers in Barrington without any water on Thursday evening. But according to a BCWA representative, the broken pipe was repaired in short time — about three hours — that evening. The water main broke at about 5 p.m.; the main reportedly provided water

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Pay raises for BCWA management

Seven members of the Bristol County Water Authority’s eight-member management team recently received pay raises ranging from 2 to 13.7 percent. The raises, which will cost the BCWA a total of $35,000 this coming fiscal year, were approved by the board of directors in April. The hikes are unrelated to pay adjustments given to the

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BCWA hires new legal firm

The Bristol County Water Authority has new legal representation. The board of directors voted 6-1 with one abstentionWednesday night to hire the firm of Keough and Sweeney. Director Ray Palmieri, of Warren, nominated the firm. He cited the group’s experience including representation of other Rhode Island utilities. Mr. Palmieri also pointed to the fact that

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BCWA will vote on legal counsel again

The Bristol County Water Authority board of directors needs another vote to hire a lawyer. BCWA Executive Director Pamela Marchand said the board’s recent vote to retain Cameron and Mittleman failed to meet a requirement of the authority’s enabling legislation. While BCWA by-laws state the board can take action with a majority vote when a

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