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(Halifax) – After looking at tenders from six different contractors to take over the collection and maintenance of HRM’s litter bins, the regional municipality has decided to keep the work in house.

CUPE Local 108’s Dave Carr says, “After costing it all out, HRM has concluded it’s cheaper to have their own employees continue to do this work. This is good news for HRM employees. It shows us that the employer is happy with the work our members are doing.

Carr says there are currently a dozen Service Truck Drivers with HRM and the employer is now talking about hiring a couple of additional workers to do this work. The drivers maintain the litter bins, clean up after road accidents, pick up dead animals and so on.

Carr says HRM has also decided to buy a grader at a cost of almost $300,000, which is going to be a cost-savings from their current leasing costs.

For information: Dave Carr, CUPE Local 108 - 209-1886 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep. - 455-4180 (o)