"The citizens of Edmonton own Epcor's power generation assets and
they deserve the final say on any sale," say union leaders
EDMONTON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - A Court of Queen's Bench justice will be
hearing arguments tomorrow in a case launched by a group of labour
organizations against the sale of EPCOR's publicly-owned power generation
The group includes the Alberta Federation of Labour and the City of
Edmonton's two largest unions, CUPE Local 30 and CSU 52.
They argue that Edmonton City Council breached key provisions of the
Municipal Government Act when it went behind closed doors to privately decide
to privatize EPCOR's power generation assets.
"We are arguing that City Council had no legal authority to make the
decision to privatize EPCOR's power generation," says AFL President Gil
McGowan. "And if they did not have the legal right to make the decision, the
decision cannot be considered valid."
Representatives of the group - including McGowan and Dave Loken from the
Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions - will be available on Friday before and
after the hearing to take questions from the media about the case.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Media Availability: 9:30 am
Court Hearing Begins: 10:00 a.m.
Edmonton Law Courts
1A Sir Winston Churchill Square
Both EPCOR and the City of Edmonton have filed extensive responses to the
groups' statement of claim. The hearing is expected to take the bulk of the
For further information:
For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President @ (780) 218-9888;
Dave Loken, Coalition of Edmonton Civic Unions @ (780) 448-8981 (office),
(780) 237-8656 (cell)