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(Carbonear, NL.) - CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador will present its submission as part of the province’s pre-budget consultations this morning in Carbonear.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas will make the presentation to Minister Tom Marshall on behalf of the union’s 6,000 members.

Says Lucas, “CUPE has numerous suggestions for policies relating to housing, literacy, post-secondary education, poverty reduction, recreation and community supports such as libraries, cultural centres and galleries and museums, the environment and dozens of other issues.”

CUPE’s written and oral submission this year will focus on four issues:

1 Energy and Power

2 Early Learning and Child Care

3 Pensions and Retirement with Dignity

4 Green Jobs & Recycling

Lucas says, “We will also make the point that the dollar value of public services received by an average Canadian family amounts to over 60% of their income. That is a big bang for their tax dollars.

For someone at the minimum wage, the value of these benefits can be equal to or higher than their wage income. Stronger public services reduce the cost of living in a very progressive way and provide a solid foundation for a stronger economic recovery.

Today is the final day of public consultations on this year’s provincial budget.

For information:  

Wayne Lucas     
CUPE NL President   
(709) 727-2509 (Cell)  

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)