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CUPE research brief shows union proposal would cost $4.08 annually for CRD residents

VICTORIA—Negotiators for the City of Victoria have raised alarm about the $1.43 million cost of CUPE 410’s proposed pay equity package to local taxpayers, but a briefing note released today by CUPE’s National Research department shows that the annual incremental cost of the proposal would be less than five dollars per resident.

Combining the number of property owners in the Greater Victoria area according to the B.C. Assessment Authority (132,000) with the total population of the service area for the Greater Victoria Public Library Board (292,342), the briefing note shows that the annual cost per person in the service area is $4.89. In the Capital Regional District, which has 350,000 residents, the cost is $4.08 per person.

That’s like one large cup of latte a year,” says CUPE 410 president Ed Seedhouse.

I think Victoria residents would agree that paying their library workers fairly is worth at least that much.”

Full briefing note


Contact:  Ed Seedhouse: CUPE  410 president: (250) 588-9565
  Tammy Simonds: CUPE representative: (250) 812-7197
  Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications: (604) 999-6132