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Work is set to begin on a new sewage treatment plant in the Newfoundland town of Conception Bay South, and CUPE played a key role in ensuring the plant was publicly owned and operated.

Municipal workers in the town, members of CUPE 3034, worked hard to convince the mayor and council, who were fending off approaches from the water multinationals. The members’ hard work in and out of negotiations paid off. Ignoring the sales pitches, the municipality decided to keep the new water facility public. The $6 million plant should be completed by early 2004.

The local’s strong stand means CUPE members will be trained to run the plant. New pipes being installed throughout the town will also be publicly maintained by CUPE 3034 members.

The town’s decision sets an example for the much-needed harbour cleanup in neighbouring

St. John’s. Here, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador has remained watchful, ensuring the mayor doesn’t budge from his pledge to build publicly owned and operated sewage treatment plants. CUPE’s strong lobby has won commitments from all three area mayors that any harbour cleanup will be publicly financed, owned and operated.