Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

February 04, 2011 14:48 ET

Nova Scotia Highway Workers' Union Welcomes Asphalt Initiative

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2011) - The Nova Scotia Highway Workers' Union is welcoming the provincial government's initiative to bring some of the province's asphalt and chip seal work in house.

CUPE Local 1867 President Gareth Drinnan says, "Our union has been telling previous governments for years that our members can do quality work at a reasonable cost. We are glad to see the current government is interested in thinking outside of the box a little, especially if it will mean cost savings for taxpayers.

"Nova Scotia highway workers and the Department of Transportation are more than capable of getting this work done and saving money in the process. In fact, we have slowly been bringing many aspects of our work back in house with good success," says Drinnan.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh, meanwhile, says, "We are a little disappointed, but not surprised, at the reaction from the Road Builders Association who don't seem to be too interested in saving taxpayers money.

"Twenty years ago the province had its own asphalt plant which produced a world class product. Previous governments chose to contract out that work and Nova Scotians should be asking themselves if the quality of our roads has gotten any better since that happened," says Cavanagh.

Contact Information

  • Gareth Drinnan
    President, Local 1867
    902-499-5794 (Cell)
    Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE N.S. President
    902-957-0822 (Cell)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)