February 18, 2011

Penticton community invited to virtual town hall on privatization

PENTICTON— Penticton residents are being invited to participate in the Okanagan’s first-ever virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 PM. The town hall about privatization will hear from guests who will provide information and answer questions from the public. The virtual town hall meeting will provide the opportunity for Penticton residents to ask questions about the privatization of the Community Centre.

February 15, 2011

‘Have a Heart’ residents tell Mayor

Residents rallied in support of public services in Penticton on Valentine’s Day.

PENTICTON—Dozens of residents sent a Valentine’s message to Penticton’s Mayor and Council yesterday calling on them to have a heart and stop privatization plans for the Community Centre. The group including seniors, moms with kids, CUPE members, other union members and the general public rallied at the Band Shell.

February 9, 2011

Barry O’Neill on public services and privatization

BURNABY–CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill recently visited Penticton to meet with members of CUPE 608, Penticton municipal workers. Members have been actively trying to raise public awareness and stop Mayor and Council’s bid to privatize the community centre and other public services like parks.

O’Neill spoke to Penticton local radio station Giant-FM about the value of public services and the high cost of privatization. Listen to the complete interview.

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February 8, 2011

Unionized work saves millions

BURNABY—Municipalities considering contracting out garbage in a bid to lower costs may want to pay attention to a recent CBC report from the City of Ottawa.

The report says that using unionized garbage collectors in the downtown core saved that city almost $5 million over the last four years.

February 2, 2011

CUPE 608 members respond to Mayor’s comments

PENTICTON—CUPE 608 says that Mayor Ashton is trying to provoke a dispute instead of dealing with the issue of privatization.

CUPE 608 president Patti Finch says that Mayor Ashton’s comments are inappropriate and provocative. “This is really about public services for residents. The Mayor’s statements are misleading at best.”

Finch notes the union will not bargain in the media. “What we will do is stand up for public services for Penticton residents.

November 29, 2010

P3 White Elephant Draws a Crowd

PENTICTON—It was standing room only at a press conference in Penticton on Sunday where CUPE Anti-Privatization Coordinator Robin Roff released the report A White Elephant in Wine Country. The report examines the privatization of the South Okanagan Events Centre and the impact of this P3 on the community.

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November 25, 2010

The White Elephant in Wine Country

PENTICTON— CUPE National anti-privatization coordinator Robin Roff is releasing her 2010 Privatization Report, “A White Elephant in Wine Country” on Sunday, November 28 at the Ramada Penticton Hotel at 1PM.

The report focuses on Penticton’s experience with public-private partnerships with the South Okanagan Events Centre and the high cost to residents.

“In the case of the South Okanagan Events Centre, operational deficits, delays and cost overruns have forced Penticton to reduce services in other vital areas, like policing and community recreation,” says Roff.

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September 7, 2010

CUPE 50 raises concerns about solid waste and recycling services

VICTORIA—CUPE 50 president John Burrows called on Victoria’s Mayor and Council to fully consider the public option in solid waste collection and management.

July 22, 2010

Powell River says “Keep it public!”

NO TO CATALYST – Almost 100 Powell River residents came out on a hot summer evening to discuss wastewater treatment in their community.

POWELL RIVER – Residents packed the Recreation Centre here last night to talk about the City’s plans to turn public wastewater treatment over to Catalyst Paper, a private company.

July 16, 2010

CUPE BC urges Metro to adopt more recycling, waste reduction

Union submission opposes privatized incineration option for Lower Mainland

VANCOUVER—CUPE BC’s submission to a Metro Vancouver consultation on the Draft Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan calls for a “zero waste” strategy for the Lower Mainland that rejects a proposed incineration plan and urges more waste reduction and recycling as key elements of a “green jobs” strategy.

“We believe much more can