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Strong support for public scrutiny of P3s is good news for CUPE members across Canada, including those in Alberta. Wary of the financial sleight-of-hand that is used to push privatization, CUPE Alberta is calling for a public spotlight on the provinces sweeping plans for P3s.

The union is challenging the provincial government to open up the books for two major health authorities before any public hospital space is privatized. While the government has promised that the P3s its pushing will make economic sense, CUPE doesnt put much faith in the developer-dominated panel thats overseeing the process.

And in Calgary, school board workers are gearing up for another assault after the Calgary Board of Education confirmed its interest in having new schools build as P3s. The board has called for expressions of interest from companies that want to finance and build schools.

Earlier this summer CUPE 40, which represents Calgary school custodians, warned the board against P3s while arguing against further cuts to custodians jobs. CUPE Alberta is spearheading an effort involving teachers unions and allies to demand more information about P3 threats before any contracts are signed.