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MTS calls for Ottawa to step in over Sandy Bay paycheque woes

Mike Beaulieu was one of the teachers to whom Sandy Bay First Nation failed to pay wages and benefits on time. Wages were eventually paid.

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Mike Beaulieu was one of the teachers to whom Sandy Bay First Nation failed to pay wages and benefits on time. Wages were eventually paid.

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is demanding that Ottawa place Sandy Bay First Nation under third-party management because the band owes teachers more than $737,000.

MTS president Paul Olson told reporters that teachers’ pay cheques have been late eight times since June of 2012.

Olson said that the band is not paying its portion of benefits, and while the band is taking employees’ portions off their paycheques, Sandy Bay First Nation is not forwarding that money to the Canada Revenue Agency.

MTS says that three teachers who retired last year are receiving no pension benefits, and five teachers on disability are receiving no benefits.

Sandy Bay Chief Russell Beaulieu said he will respond at a news conference in Winnipeg Wednesday morning.

Sandy Bay is located on the western shore of Lake Manitoba, about 90 kilometres north of Portage la Prairie.

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Updated on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:59 PM CST:
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