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February 8, 2011

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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. The findings were authenticated by accounting firm Ernst and Young who audited the garbage collection program and confirmed the City’s statements.

Read the CBC report.

Read the article “Garbage In, Garbage Out: the real costs of solid waste collection” on CUPE National’s website.

Read CUPE Senior Economist Toby Sanger’s full report.

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