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Sudbury plans to contract out its garbage pickup next year, over the objections of its union, CUPE 4705.

CUPE 4705 president Wyman Mackinnon told Sudbury media that the move will harm the well being of the 12 workers whose wages and pensions will be reduced.

“If these jobs go it will have a major impact on these employees, he said. They’re going to take a large hit on their pay cheques and their pensions are going to suffer as well.

The local waged a four-month strike against Sudburys electrical utility this summer.
City workers collect garbage in most of Sudbury, but private contractors already do the work in some neighbourhoods and in outlying communities.

Meanwhile, the local is gearing up for a new round of contract talks with the city.