EDMONTON – The union representing Edmonton snow removal crews is supporting calls for the city to improve snow removal on city streets.
CUPE Local 30 President Dennis Mol said the slow pace of snow removal after last weekend’s storm is directly related to Edmonton’s over-reliance on contractors.
“By putting so many of our eggs in the contractor basket, the city left itself vulnerable to swings in labour supply,” said Mol. “By purchasing more graders and putting more people on the city payroll, we would be better able to respond to big storms when they happen.”
Mol said citizens shouldn’t have to expect less because there is a boom.
“Why are we getting less during good times, shouldn’t it be the other way around?”