Edmonton The City of Edmonton budget proposals are extremely short-sighted, says the President of the City Outside Workers Union.
This is a serious case of putting off until tomorrow, what is clearly a responsibility for maintenance today! said Alex Grimaldi, President of Local 30 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Grimaldi will use his presentation to serve notice that CUPE Local 30 will take action in order to protect City workers who are being asked to do full-time work on part-time salary.
If I have my way, there will not be another Collective Agreement signed by CUPE Local 30 that does not include pension and benefits for all of our Members says Grimaldi.
City workers object to this kind of cost management strategy. Understaffing and overwork of existing employees only means an erosion of City services. And, it is a direct reflection on the respect we have for our City and for our citizens, he said.
Grimaldis presentation points out that vehicle maintenance would not consider cutting the oil-changes in City vehicles because of the long-term cost implications for vehicle maintenance. Similarly, the City should not contemplate putting off repairs and cleaning the City buildings.
CUPE Local 30 represents 2000 Outside workers with the City, Grimaldi presents his unions brief on the City Budget proposals tomorrow at 9:30 am at City Hall.
CUPE is Canadas largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPEs 26,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE websites for more information www.cupe.ca and cupealberta.ab.ca.
For more information call:
Alex Grimaldi, President, CUPE Local 30