Calgary The President of CUPE Alberta said that the nearly 30,000 CUPE members in Alberta are in full support of their striking AUPE brothers and sisters.
“Klein said that when the deficit was under control and the economy was up, public sector workers would get their share”, said Terry Mutton, CUPE Alberta President. “Well that time is today. Health care workers bore a disproportionate share of Kleins cuts, its time Klein honoured his promises.”
CUPE spokespersons say that Klein has a history of making promises that are often ignored by the government. These broken promises include paying for prescribed MRIs, not using closure on Bill 11, honouring the intent of the Canada Health Act and rewarding public sector employees for their sacrifices in terms of job losses and wage cuts in the mid 1990s.
“Health care workers across this province are not in the mood to let Klein break this promise, this time”, said Mutton. “CUPE supports this strike.”