City workers going the extra mile during flood

CALGARY – The leadership of three local unions representing City of Calgary employees thanked their members today for their hard work during the current flood crisis. 

The Presidents of Locals 37, 38 and 709 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said their members have been working around the clock to keep Calgarians safe, and to help them in any way possible.

CUPE 37 President Don Monroe said many city employees are working 20 hour days.  “Our members are rising to the call, the community needs them, and they are there. Without everyone doing their part – the crisis could be a lot worse.”

Peter Marsden, representing Calgary ‘inside’ workers, said his members are putting the city first. “It can be very stressful, dealing with flooded water systems, answering panicked 311 calls, while worrying about your own home,” said Marsden.  ”And if that isn’t enough, many of our members are volunteering at the evacuation centres during their ‘off’ hours.”

CUPE 709 President Dave Malden added “We always talk about the pride our members take in serving our communities.  It makes me proud to see how far our members are taking that pride and how hard they are working in this crisis.”

“Our hearts go out to citizens impacted by the floods.  We will keep doing whatever we can to make their lives a little easier.”

Contact: Lou Arab
Communications Representative