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I am sorry to hear that this happened to you.
Regardless of what the collective agreement states the employer's agent binds the employer and the agent stated that your spouse would receive $75,000 for termination pay. Your spouse relied on this statement made by the employer and can now not be hurt because he did so. For this reason it is very likely that if your husband sues the employer to compel them to adhere to the terms agreed upon by the HR staff the court will require the employer to pay the $75,000 to your spouse.
I suggest that your spouse's next step be to consult with a lawyer face to face with a view to retaining the lawyer to send a letter to the employer threatening a lawsuit.
I suggest talking to management.
You can go to the union first and see what happens.