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FREDERICTONStop putting our jobs and our communities at risk by gambling with budget cuts of more than $100 million. Thats the message CUPE members will deliver to Transport Minister Margaret Ann Blaney on Monday night.

She has a responsibility to go back to the premier and tell him that his cuts are hurting people, including our members and their families, said Local 1190 president Tom Steep. Transportation and general workers have already suffered the negative impact of the cuts, with some job losses and a great deal of turmoil in the workplace.

We dont need these cuts, Steep added. Research shows that Premier Lord hasnt even touched the federal transfer money and other funding he could use to improve services and our quality of life.

We hope he isnt withholding that funding so he can offer a tax cut closer to the next election. This type of political gambling with public services can have disastrous results as we are seeing with Walkerton, Ont.

Local 1190 and other CUPE members will rally outside Blaneys office at 7 p.m. on June 26. Address: Bill McGuire Centre, 95 James Renforth Memorial Rd., Rothesay, N.B.

The rally comes a week after contract talks with the Province broke down on June 16, with many outstanding issues unresolved.

We are looking for better job security language for our 2,000 members, Steep said. We also need more protection from layoff under the Civil Service Act. These are musts. CUPE also wants awage increase above the cost of living.

Steep says the governments demands for flexible work hours without overtime is a non-starter. The local now is applying for assistance from a conciliation officer.


Tom Steep, president, CUPE Local 1190,

(506) 458-1087

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