Unions representing 20K city employees calling on mayor to invest in public services

By Alex Black

The unions representing over 20,000 city employees are expressing disappointment with Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe.

The seven unions have sent a joint letter to the mayor asking him to “provide a vision for the city that goes beyond another round of cuts.”

It says members “have always gone above and beyond to care for our community but these last few years they have shown a level of commitment, flexibility and innovation that is beyond precedent.”

However, in the with an increased community demand and a previous round of cuts, it says city workers are striving to do more with less, adding that in recent years, they have been on the front lines responding to major emergencies such as the pandemic, floods, storms and tornados.

“We look at the work of our members and the services they provide and we do not see room for additional cuts.”

The unions are calling on Mayor Sutcliffe and Ottawa City Council to ‘invest in the people and public services that we all count on.’

The joint letter signatories are:

  • ATU 279
  • ATU 1760
  • CIPP
  • CUPE 503
  • CUPE 5500
  • IAFF Local 162
  • Ottawa Police Association

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