DAY 68 UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2004
ELLIOTT ON PRIVATIZATION
In the Friday, August 13th edition of the Nelson Daily News, Mayor Elliott is quoted as saying "CUPE has raised, and continues to promote, fears that the City’s position on removal of the minimum staffing clause, is a ‘front’ for eventual privatization."
Then he goes on to say this is not true.
Who is promoting fear….the one’s who threw their workforce on the street… or the one’s who were thrown on the street? Read the history books.
Eliminating the minimum staffing clause will pave a 6 lane freeway into Nelson’s Public Services, it is disturbing that Mayor Elliott is not cognizant of this.
If it is not intentional then it is simply ignorant of the fact that Public Services are vulnerable across the Province and indeed across the Country.
As a publicly elected body, Mayor and Council should be committing to investing directly into Public Infrastructure.
There is absolutely no commitment to Public Service from this Mayor and Council. They are attempting to create a situation that could devastate Nelson’s Services, and when CUPE 339 draws it to their attention, they are forced out of their jobs and put on the street.
THE LOCK OUT WAS A WHOPPING MISTAKE!!
THE PRIVATIZATION THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
CUPE 339 has watched the Tourist Park get privatized, tree pruning and removal privatized, City greenhouses privatized, paving privatized, patching privatized, now maintenance of all of our dirt roads and lane ways will be privatized. These are only a few…so the Mayor should give his head a shake!! Does he really not know what he is talking about? Or is it just that someone else writes his articles?
Fact is, the whole reason this Mayor and Administration want to gut the contract is to privatize and a side benefit to that is…poof…no more Union.
Remind you of anyone you know?
Worse than being Locked Out is the view from Administration and Council that CUPE 339 is somehow gullible enough to believe their rhetoric.
BURGERS, DOGS AND SUMMER FUN
Once again, our Sisters and Brothers from CUPE Local 748 are hosting a barbeque for CUPE 339 at Lakeside Park (Rotary Shelter) at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2004.
Bring the family and let’s have another summer evening of good food, good company and good conversation.
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Why are hot summer days called "the dog days"?
Sirius, the "dog star," is within the constellation Canis Major and is the brightest in the heavens. The ancient Egyptians noted that the dog star’s arrival in July coincided with the annual flooding of the Nile, which was important for a good harvest. The Romans believed that, because of its brightness, the dog star Sirius added to the heat of the summer sun, and so they called July and August … "the dog days."