Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 13, 2010 15:26 ET

Jobs Sold Off to Lowest Bidder, Windsor Taxpayers to Save One Loonie Per Month

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - Windsor City Council yesterday sold off its top-ranked solid waste and recycling division to the lowest bidder for what amounts to a tax savings of one dollar, per household, per month, says Jim Wood, president, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 82.

Wood made the comments following last night's marathon council meeting where councillors voted to contract out the city's solid waste division, in spite of major concerns raised by many concerned citizens during the course of last night's meeting.

"Council's decision last night sent a very clear message to every worker in this city – dedication and commitment to the community aren't important to this mayor and the councillors who voted to contract our members' jobs out. The councillors who voted to contract out our work sacrificed those jobs on the altar of an almighty dollar that probably won't materialize over the life of the contract and will probably disappear once the city no longer controls the service," said Wood.

City Treasurer Onorio Colluci admitted last night under questioning from Council that the average householder will see a tax savings of $84 over the life of the seven-year contract with Turtle Island recycling.

"Even if administration's most optimistic projections come true, the average Windsorite will only see a savings of one dollar, per month. That's what eight councillors sold our jobs for. Our members, the broader labour community and the thousands of Windsorites who share a vision of publicly-delivered services won't forget this when elections take place this October," said Wood.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Local 82
    Jim Wood
    Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications