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(Halifax) – The Nova Scotia Highway Workers’ Union is taking its message about the continued privatization and contracting out of our roads and highways directly to households across the province.

CUPE Local 1867 this week began distributing a brochure into the homes of Nova Scotians, outlining its concerns about the provincial government’s sell-off of highway work and equipment to private contractors.

The brochures are being delivered by direct mail to every household where highway workers plow and maintain roads and highways.

Local 1867 President Gareth Drinnan says, “Nova Scotians have made it clear that they are not happy with the state of our province’s network of roads and highways. Well we want them to have a clearer understanding of how we got to this point.

We are urging members of the public to read our brochure and then call their MLA and tell them that our province’s roads are not a private matter,” says Drinnan.

Nova Scotia highway workers take great pride in the quality of work we provide, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain those standards as the pendulum continues to swing more and more to private contractors to do this work,” he adds.

The brochure lists the phone numbers and e-mails for every MLA in the province. It also points people to the highway workers’ new website, where they can fax their MLA with a simple click. The website address is cupe1867.ca.

For information:
Gareth Drinnan, President, CUPE Local 1867
(902) 295-2241 (h) - (902) 499-5794 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o) - (902) 222-8457 (Cell)