Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Alberta

April 18, 2012 12:28 ET

Letter to the Editor

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2012) -

Dear Editor,

With the election less than a week a way, I hope that voters consider their communities when they cast their ballot.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is involved in communities throughout Alberta - where CUPE members live, work and volunteer. Political decisions can positively or negatively impact communities and that's why each vote is important.

American-style, for-profit health care insurance and for-profit health care delivery is a road we don't want to go down. And yet, during this election, some parties are talking about privatization of services as a way to save money. They claim that we need to look at alternative ways to deliver services. Time and time again research shows that public delivery of services provides the best service at the lowest cost to taxpayers.

Public services should be publically funded, administered and delivered. Services like caring for seniors, social services, child care and education support Albertan families day in and day out. We need strong municipal infrastructure such as maintaining roads, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and schools and libraries that build vibrant and healthy communities.

Both private and public services are important to our community. Local businesses are a big driver of our economy and our communities and should have our support.

Like all Albertans, CUPE members make their own mind up when they vote. But we will remind them to get out and vote and to think of their local community.

Sincerely,

Marle Roberts, CUPE AB President

Contact Information

  • CUPE
    Marle Roberts
    CUPE AB President
    (780) 918 3061