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Fredericton – The union representing provincial snowplow operators in New Brunswick is launching a ‘Bad Roads Hotline’.

CUPE Local 1190 President Andy Hardy says, “We believe the public is as concerned as we are about the latest round of cuts by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Now there’s something they can do about it.”

The hotline number is 1-888 Trip 198 (1-888-874-7198).

The union is asking New Brunswick drivers to call the hotline and leave a brief description of the road conditions they are facing throughout the winter driving season.

CUPE says it will be keeping track of the results and publishing them on their website www.1190.cupe.ca.

Hardy says the hotline idea was prompted by the Alward government’s latest round of budget cuts, which included $9 million in cuts for 2013-2014 plowing season.

The union will be promoting the hotline with newspaper and radio ads over the holiday season, when thousands of New Brunswickers will be travelling on the province’s highway system.

A sample of the print ad in both English and French is attached.

For information:    

Andy Hardy  
CUPE Local 1190 President  
(506) 635-1622 (o)                                 

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 880-8057 (m)