Winnipeg – Municipal workers from across Western Canada are gathering in Winnipeg this week to discuss important issues facing the municipal sector.
The CUPE Western Municipal Conference is bringing CUPE municipal members from 30 Locals from across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba together to tackle issues including privatization, contracting out, Public Private Partnerships, as well as trends facing the sector.
“Municipal workers are often the first in our communities to be threatened by privatization” says Kelly Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba. “Municipal workers face serious challenges from right-wing decision makers, and we need to work together to push back against these threats”.
The Conference is being held in Winnipeg and concludes on Friday, June 26th.
Keynote speakers include CUPE National President Paul Moist, CUPE Senior Economist Toby Sanger, CUPE Researcher Jordana Feist, and will feature presentations on topics ranging from P3s and infrastructure to the upcoming Federal Election.
Additionally, delegates are visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which features a discussion on labour rights and the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.
CUPE represents approximately approximately 185,000 municipal workers in communities across Canada.