Marle Roberts on a sales tax, Jim Prentice, and the attack on front line public employees. CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts was interviewed by Radio Labour about recent developments in Alberta politics, and their impacts on working people. Listen to the interview.
EDMONTON – The union representing 30 employees of Westlock County is responding to comments made by Reeve Bud Massey in his recent report to council. Continue reading
EDMONTON – The President of the 36,000 member Alberta Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is sticking up for front line public employees after comments made yesterday by Alberta’s Premier. Continue reading
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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.”
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.
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
Sixty four years ago, the United Nations declared December 10th to be “Human Rights Day” to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard for people around the world. Continue reading