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HOUSTON, B.C. – Fighting to bring contracted-out services back to CUPE pays off. Just ask CUPE 2086, which represents workers in the District of Houston, B.C.

On Jan. 10, 2006, the district brought residential and commercial garbage collection in-house. The service had been contracted out for more than 20 years.

We are really pleased that the District of Houston recognizes that having district staff provide these important services is good for residents and businesses,” said CUPE 2086 president Mike Brown.

The breakthrough took about four months of talks, with CUPE 2086 working with the employer to select new equipment.

Brown thanked CUPE 2086 past president Mike Rooney whose determination and hard work helped to bring the contract in-house.

CUPE 2086 represents 15 members in the District of Houston near Smithers in British Columbia’s northern interior.