The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2140 is calling on Premier Pallister to reverse cuts to a residential bail program.
CUPE Local 2140 represents employees at The John Howard Society, including workers who will be losing their jobs as of December 1, 2017, due to provincial funding cuts.
“We are disappointed that the Pallister government has chosen once again to cut community services where they are most needed,” said Katherine Johnston, President of CUPE Local 2140. “The bail program provides important community supports, opportunities for employment, and safety.”
The cuts have resulted in the loss of 11 jobs, two thirds of CUPE 2140 members at The Society. The Union is working with The Society to lessen the impact, but it has been devastating to employees.
“These drastic cuts will leave a huge hole in services,” said Johnston. “We work closely with other agencies and services, and we believe this cut will hurt the community and the individuals who use the residence. All of us at The John Howard Society work here because we care about our community and believe in restorative justice and second chances.”
Added Johnston: “Premier Pallister: Have a heart, reverse the cuts to the bail program!”