Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 17, 2014 09:48 ET

CUPE encouraged to see CBRM revisiting decision to truck garbage to Guysborough

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 17, 2014) - CBRM Council's decision to reopen the debate over trucking garbage to Guysborough is an encouraging development.

That today from CUPE Local 759, the union representing outside workers in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

CUPE Regional Director Jacquie Bramwell, who was assigned to the Sydney office in 2005 and worked with Local 759 to oppose the decision, says, "We were not in favour of this move, both from an environmental standpoint but also from an economic standpoint.

"Here we are almost eight years later and I think the mayor and council have now come to the same conclusion," says Bramwell.

CUPE Local 759 President Kevin Ivey says, "In February 2005, our local said the decision to sign a 20-year contract to truck the region's garbage to Guysborough was puzzling to say the least. We criticized the contract clauses that virtually guaranteed the costs would go up and suggested that CBRM needed to be dealing with its own garbage at source.

"We also suggested that after an exhaustive process which came up with five different sites for landfills in CBRM, the council of the day resorted to the 'Not In My Backyard' approach by choosing to truck our garbage to the mainland," explains Ivey.

Contact Information

  • Kevin Ivey
    President, Local 759
    (902) 578 9557 (m)

    Jacquie Bramwell
    CUPE Atlantic Director
    (902) 455-4180 (o)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (m)