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From fighting P3s to achieving a fair deal for cities, members of CUPE Ontario’s municipal committee are moving forward with new energy and unity. Heading into the annual sectoral conference, committee members and assigned CUPE national staff are putting the final touches on conference workshops and presentations to delegates.

CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan encouraged the committee to consider applying a P3 campaign strategy developed by CUPE Ontario as a sector-wide model to tackle municipal P3 projects. The strategy was used recently to fight a proposed P3 sports field/complex in Welland. A key feature of the coming conference slated for March 26 – 29 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto will be a delegate-driven campaign building workshop using the CUPE Ontario P3 fightback model and expanding it for use in communities across the province.

Delegates at last November’s CUPE National convention approved an ambitious well-resourced anti-privatization campaign—$5 million has been allocated over two-years—and Ontario municipal locals must take a leadership role in combating P3s, contracting out, and other forms of privatization nationally, said Ryan.

The committee also agreed to appoint Tony Cristiano (CUPE 5167 – Hamilton municipal workers) as interim acting-vice chair to deal with the recent loss of OMECC’s chair due to the disaffiliation of CUPE 79 from CUPE Ontario.