Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)



Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 13, 2014 14:11 ET

CBRM outside workers' union questions vacant positions in Public Works

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 13, 2014) - The union representing outside workers in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality wants to know whose decision it was not to fill several budgeted positions in the Engineering and Public Works Department.

CUPE Local 759 President Kevin Ivey says, "We are aware of at least 13 positions that have not been filled in since August 2013.

Ivey says, "CUPE shares the public's concern about recent snow and ice clearing efforts in the municipality. Many of the complaints have come from residents in Sydney where the majority of those routes are done by private contractors. Ivey says safety is being compromised, both on the roads and on our sidewalks.

He says overtime is through the roof and employees are exhausted at this point.

Says Ivey, "The bottom line is you can't expect fewer workers to be able to do the same amount of work. The quality of service is going to be affected. We need to fill those vacant positions."

Explains Ivey, "We have asked for a meeting to discuss this and other issues related to consistent violations of our collective agreement. We have been given a meeting with senior directors this Wednesday, January 15."

Contact Information

  • Kevin Ivey
    President, Local 759
    578-9557 (m)

    Wanda Power
    CUPE National Representative
    539-4933 (o)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 455-4180 (o)