CUPE 1860 members, workers at the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, have kept important work in their neighbourhood. Facing provincial budget cuts, the public housing corporation was set to cut jobs and contract work out. With the help of the provincial NDP leader and pressure from tenants, the local convinced the employer to compare the costs of in-house work and contracted-out work. They found it cost no more to do it in-house.
They then secured extra funding for a training program that allowed our members to stay on the job. Members were trained to install windows and locks, do siding repairs and other minor maintenance. The local says talking with tenants to get them onside was key to their success. Tenants were happy to go to bat for housing employees to do the extra work. The campaign saved sixteen jobs, and ensures tenants will continue to live in well-maintained homes.