CUPE members in Newfoundland and Labrador are proud of the work we do delivering quality, public services across the province.
But we’re as confused as the next person about the mixed message that’s coming from our government on the economy. As one media outlet put it, “People have a hard time believing that you’re broke when you keep buying the biggest car and the biggest house on the block.”
Quality, public services – that’s what thousands of CUPE members across Newfoundland and Labrador are committed to delivering each and every day.
But when it comes time for bargaining, we’re being told that the cupboard is bare! And all this after the provincial government has committed $664 million to Nalcor’s $6 billion mega-project.
Recent reports on our province’s economy from two of Canada’s big banks say Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to lead the country in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2013, with a surge of 4.4%.
By anyone’s standard, that is significant economic growth.
Now that it’s time for thousands of CUPE members to bargain new contracts, the provincial government has announced a ‘surprise’ deficit and is suggesting public employees will have to “tighten their belts.”
Talk about your mixed messages!
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