CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul Moist, the national president
of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will speak to the presidents
of CUPE locals in Cornwall and the surrounding area at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday,
September 20 at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 Amelia Street, in Cornwall.
CUPE leadership, representing over 6,000 CUPE members and covering a
1600 square mile radius of Cornwall, will be in attendance to hear Mr. Moist
explain the dire pitfalls of allowing a public-private partnership (P3) to
build the proposed new arena.
"We at CUPE have had a great deal of experience with public-private
partnerships (P3s) and all of it has been negative for the communities where
they have been built, for the municipalities who end up footing the bill, for
the residents who face user fees, poor support because staff is cut or reduced
to part-time, and badly maintained facilities because, to make a profit, the
private investor skims on upkeep," Moist said while preparing for his meeting
with local presidents.
The presidents who will be meeting with Moist represent CUPE members at
four regional hospitals, social workers in the area, inside and outside
municipal workers in all municipalities, mental health workers, paramedics,
and library workers, as well as Cornwall Electric.
"The issue of P3s is an important one for municipalities and the
community," Moist said. "Private investors, with large amounts of money, make
a great representation and talk a good line so that councillors believe they
are getting a great deal, but the reality is that P3s serve only the private
investor whose only goal is to make a profit. Many of these investors walk
away when they don't realize the profits they had anticipated. This leaves the
taxpayer holding the bag."
For further information:
For further information: Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, (416)
892-8716; Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613) 808-0675; Bob Manny,
CUPE National Rep, (613) 933-5515