The union is also calling attention to the fact overall funding for Alberta’s public services is not keeping up with population growth plus inflation, which is affecting service delivery province-wide.
“These workers do a tremendous job, and they deserve the respect and support of government and all political parties,” said Mike Dempsey, AUPE Vice President and Chair of the union’s Committee on Political Action.
“However, supporting Albertans the way they need and deserve has become increasingly difficult. Alberta’s growing population, combined with the recent economic downturn, has heightened demand for services, leaving the already stretched front lines strained beyond capacity.
“Provincial funding is just not keeping pace with a growing province and front-line staffing levels have remained essentially flat over the past seven years.”
But even with this alarming reality, there are those in the legislature whose ideas and budget promises could result in cuts of more than $2-billion per year.
“Any cuts would do nothing but devastate a province still recovering from the worst recession in a generation and would harm the services Albertans and their families rely on,” Dempsey said.
“And while the political outlook of the province remains uncertain, one thing is clear, AUPE will continue to stand up for the public services our growing province needs, now and in the future,” he added.
AUPE is Alberta’s largest union with more than 93,000 members serving in education, health care, government services and boards, agencies and municipalities.
The union is celebrating 100 years of solidarity in 2019.
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For more information:
Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications officer: 780-298-7626