Irricana employees want to join CUPE

Union makes application to Labour Board to represent town employees

IRRICANA – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 37 has applied to the Labour Board to represent employees of the Town of Irricana.

CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz said the union made the application last night after a clear majority of town employees signed union cards.  Lanovaz said the next step is for the Labour Board to confirm the cards and hold a vote.  If a majority of employees vote in favour of CUPE’s application, they will belong to the union.

Lanovaz said employees approached the union because they were concerned about job security, low morale, and the increasingly hostile relations between council and staff.

“The work environment is becoming toxic,” said Lanovaz.

“This is not about money,” said CUPE 37 President Kevin Galley.  “All these employees want is to be sure that as long as they do their jobs well, they won’t be out of work.”

Lanovaz urged employees to vote yes in the coming vote.

“If you join CUPE, you will get fair treatment in your workplace.  Without a union, you are on your own against an employer that can be unfair and irrational.”

Contact: D’Arcy Lanovaz



Lou Arab

Communications Representative


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