Alberta school bus driver killed on his first shift

canarybirdGRIMSHAW – CUPE 4946 member Dellis Partridge was killed at work on Monday, February 2nd.

Partridge, 60, had worked as a bus driver previously. He had just been hired as a casual driver and was on his first shift with the Peace River School Division when his bus was involved in a head on collision with a semi truck near Grimshaw.

Fourteen students were passengers on the bus, all sustained injuries, as did the truck driver. There were no other fatalities.

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts expressed her sorrow and best condolences to Mr. Partridge’s family.

“It is always a tragedy when someone dies on the job,” said Roberts. “In this case, it impacts Mr. Partridge’s family, other staff and students in the school division, and all members of the community.”

“On behalf of CUPE Alberta, I want Mr. Partridge’s family to know they are in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Contracted snow clearing costs ten times more than in house: CUPE

snow CALGARY – The President of the union representing most Alberta municipal workers reacted to news that Calgary taxpayers paid ten times more for snow clearing on bike paths than they would if the work had been done by city employees.

Reports indicate that clearing the snow using a private contractor cost $726.14 per centimeter of snowfall. Snow clearing done by Calgary City staff cost $72.65 per centimeter.

“This is just another example, in a long list of examples, where public services are offered more affordably than private, contracted out services,” said CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts.

“Governments are all too eager to give work away on the theory that it will be cheaper, when time after time, it’s actually more expensive.”

Roberts called upon the City of Calgary to abandon the use of contractors for snow removal.

“It’s clear we get better service at a better price from the proud and dedicated employees of the City of Calgary.”

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