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CUPE National Representative Wanda Power says, “They are voting tonight on an operating reserve that’s upwards of $500,000, while at the same time cutting 28 positions in our outside worker compliment, eight school crossing guard locations and vital transit services.

“While the delay in transit cuts until January is a good thing,” says Power, “we don’t believe these cuts should be made at all, especially with a reserve sitting there.”

Power says the union applauds the initiative of Glace Bay resident Bill Davies, who’s collected eight pages of signatures on a petition against the transit cuts. He plans to present the petition to Mayor Clarke.

Says Power, “As we said this past May when these cuts were announced, the mayor and council need to take a much closer look at contracting in some of the work that’s been handed over to private contractors.  We believe that is where you can achieve efficiencies and save taxpayers’ money.”

CUPE members at CBRM are outside workers in Local 759, inside workers in Local 933 and crossing guards in Local 761.