The CUPE national convention water and wastewater sector meeting was a chance for workers to share stories about public wins and ongoing anti-P3 struggles.
Forum participants heard about:
- Montreal’s disastrous experience with a privatized water meter contract
- CUPE 1978’s campaign to keep Victoria, BC’s new sewage treatment system public
- CUPE 500’s work to stop the privatization of water services and infrastructure
- The successful fight to keep Prince Edward County’s wastewater treatment plant public
- A pro-tap win in St. John’s, as well as a long-awaited wastewater treatment system opening – operated by CUPE members
The group identified coalition building, increased public funding and worker training and certification as priorities in CUPE’s work to keep services public.
CUPE and its allies will be tackling all these issues and more at the upcoming Blue Summit in November. Water and wastewater workers, along with other CUPE water activists, are encouraged to register.