Province “Picking the pockets” of public workers: CUPE Alberta

Today’s provincial budget chips away at the incomes of hard-working public employees and their families while failing to increase revenues through progressive taxation, CUPE Alberta Treasurer Glynnis Lieb said.

“The Premier is picking the pockets of public workers,” Lieb said. “Demanding wage concessions while eliminating health care tax cost-sharing means less money for our kids’ after-school activities and less money for groceries and rent.”

“Once again, the Conservative government attacked middle class workers instead of looking to wealthy Albertans and corporations for their fair share of tax revenues,” she said.

“And cutting almost 1700 health care jobs means more stress on already over-worked employees and longer wait times for all,” Lieb said.

CUPE Alberta has called on the province to replace its flat tax with a progressive tax system and increase resource royalties and corporate taxes.

The budget falsely claimed Alberta public services cost more than other provinces.

“This is simply not true,” Lieb said. “Alberta falls below the national average when it comes to how much we spend on public services, on a per person basis.”

“And as a portion of our overall economy, Alberta spends LESS than any other province,” she said.

Lieb said that CUPE Alberta will consult with their members on how to respond to the budget.

“Unlike the Premier, we’ll listen to what our members have to say,” she said.

“One thing is for sure: we’ll tell our members that they have to get out and vote,” Lieb said.

CUPE Alberta represents 34,000 public workers in education, health care, government services, municipalities and other workplaces.

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CUPE Alberta Re-elects President Marle Roberts

Delegates to CUPE Alberta’s provincial convention today re-elected President Marle Roberts for her third successive term.

“I am honoured and humbled by the confidence our members have shown in me,” Roberts said. “We’ve fought together to save our public pensions and I’m glad to lead CUPE Alberta into the next round of negotiations with the province.”

Roberts was acclaimed to her position.

A former laboratory technician in a wastewater treatment plant in Medicine Hat, Roberts became active in CUPE in 1986. After 10 years of activism, she became president of CUPE Local 46 in 2000.

She was first elected President of CUPE Alberta in 2011 and again in 2013. Roberts was elected General Vice-President of CUPE’s National Executive Board in 2013.

“I am grateful to the delegates and our members across Alberta for their support,” Roberts said. “Together, we are stronger!”

Also elected or re-elected today:

Kim Storebo, General Vice President – South

Scott Cush, Recording Secretary

David Graham, Regional Vice President

Charles (Dustin) Withers, Young Workers Vice President

Alternate Area Vice Presidents:

Sonny Kalynchuk, Edmonton

Bob Anderson, Calgary

Kathy Larson , Northeast

Joan Keough, Red Deer

Michelle Lovin, Northwest

Esther Rodzinyak, Lethbridge

Morgan (Sam) Ferrier, Medicine Hat

Danielle Danis, Fort Murray

Mark Langlois, Three-year Trustee

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CUPE Alberta Re-elects President Marle Roberts

Marle RobertsDelegates to CUPE Alberta’s provincial convention today re-elected President Marle Roberts for her third successive term.

“I am honoured and humbled by the confidence our members have shown in me,” Roberts said. “We’ve fought together to save our public pensions and I’m glad to lead CUPE Alberta into the next round of negotiations with the province.” Continue reading

Re-establishing regional health districts: Convention passes emergency resolution

votingDelegates at the CUPE Alberta Convention today passed the following emergency resolution submitted by CUPE Alberta Division Executive:

CUPE Alberta Division will:

Publicly communicate to Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel that re-establishing regional health districts across Alberta proves our long-standing position that decentralizing services was inefficient and did not serve the public or the workers well. Continue reading