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CUPE members defending public services are having an impact just ask the people pushing privatization.

Public Works Financing (PWF), a trade publication widely read by municipal engineers, recently surveyed water corporations, asking them to rank the most effective anti-privatization organizations.

The corporations said their most formidable opponents are public sector unions. CUPE and our American counterpart AFSCME got special mention. According to PWF, one respondent noted that CUPE spends considerable time courting Canadian news media and even goes door-to-door.

CUPE was also singled for backhanded praise by a pro-privatization columnist who loves to hate us. Writing about the recent Toronto municipal strike, National Post columnist Terence Corcoran wrote that [f]rom health care to water services to garbage collection, CUPE locals have successfully warded off all but a few attempts to transform the delivery of public services. Corcoran goes on to complain that thanks to CUPE, privatization is virtually at a standstill across the country.