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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High River employees get early Christmas gift – a union

sunriseHIGH RIVER – Sixty-nine health Care Aides and Licensed Practical Nurses working for Sunrise Village nursing home have voted to become members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

The employees voted 93% in favour of joining CUPE in their second attempt this year to form a union.

CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts said, “The members came to CUPE because of complaints about unfair treatment in their workplace”.

“With over 600,000 members across Canada, CUPE can offer these workers the best resources around to settle their issues and bring them better working conditions and wages,” said Roberts.

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Christmas message from CUPE Alberta

On behaChristmaslf of CUPE Alberta, I’d like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas and holiday season.

For me, Christmas is about family and friends.  It’s about spending special time together and recharging for the year ahead.

But Christmas is also a time to reflect upon the fortune to have what we have, and to think about those who have less.  CUPE is committed to making sure everyone has what they need to lead a happy, healthy and productive life to its fullest potential.  Christmas is a time to reflect on what we can do to help those who don’t have steady employment, benefits and the other things we sometimes take for granted.

So please enjoy the season, and happiest of New Years to us all!

Marle Roberts, President
CUPE Alberta