PRINCE ALBERT: Since the announcement of the closure of North Sask Laundry services in May 2013, laundry workers have been waiting for news on what support they will be provided with as the jobs and services they have maintained move out of the Prince Albert area.
The move comes from the announcement to privatize laundry services across Saskatchewan and to contract these services to K-Bro Linen, an Alberta-based private company.
North Sask Laundry workers and members of CUPE Local 3736 are conducting an information picket at their job site during their lunch break to call for respect and fair treatment, fairness in the transition period, fair severance packages and re-training support.
“North Sask Laundry workers have been patient so far in this transition period, but we haven’t heard anything about the transition and what’s going to happen with us,” said Anita Labossiere, president of CUPE Local 3736. “We feel that it’s time for our employer and the province to treat our members with respect and fairness as these jobs move out of our community.”
The North Sask Laundry closure represents a loss of over 75 jobs in the Prince Albert community, currently leaving workers without a transition plan or re-training support.
“Some of our members have dedicated over 25 years of service to North Sask Laundry, only to soon find themselves back out in the job market. We are asking for re-training support and fair severance so that we can continue to contribute to our local economy and support our families,” added Labossiere.
Members handed out leaflets about the effects of privatization of laundry services in the Prince Albert community.
Photos are available upon request.
WHO: CUPE Local 3736 members and supporters
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014
WHERE: North Sask Laundry, 1200 24th Street West, Prince Albert