Tom Graham, President of CUPE Saskatchewan, made the following statement on the leadership election of Scott Moe:
“On behalf of over 30,000 CUPE members in Saskatchewan, I offer congratulations to Premier-designate Scott Moe on his successful candidacy to be the new leader of the governing Saskatchewan Party over the weekend and becoming the next Premier.
As members of Saskatchewan’s Community Union delivering public services across the province, CUPE Saskatchewan looks forward to the opportunity to work with the new premier on the issues and concerns of our members and to establish productive dialogue.
CUPE Saskatchewan is encouraged by Premier-designate Moe’s commitment to respect the collective bargaining process and his commitment to place a priority on not shocking the economy or valuable public services, when it comes to spending reduction targets. I hope the new premier will be receptive to address CUPE’s concerns, shared by many, with the last provincial budget that drastically reduced funding for key public services and municipalities, placed an unfair wage reduction target on workers delivering public services, and continued rising P3 contract costs which places more debt on future budgets.
Premier-designate Moe’s pledge to make education a top priority by restoring funding for K-12 education by $30 million and adding 400 Educational Assistants and other support positions is welcomed. CUPE also welcomes Moe’s commitment to rule out the sale of Crown Corporations, and encourages Moe to consider the complete repeal of Bill 40 including the option for winding-down.”
TOM GRAHAM, President
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Saskatchewan represents 30,000 members working in a variety of public service occupations across the province including: health care, K-12 school system, universities, libraries, municipalities, community-based organizations, and various boards and agencies.
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