Union to picket outside City Hall Monday

Picket prior to special council meeting to express concerns over potential privatization of garbage collection.

The union that represents Guelph’s outside waste collection employees will be picketing outside Guelph City Hall Monday night.

Members of CUPE Local 241 and supporters will be holding a “Keep Guelph Services Public” information picket starting at 5 p.m. prior to a special meeting of Guelph City Council for an update on its review of Solid Waste Resources in the city.

It was recently revealed that recycling of materials in the city is costing taxpayers $2.5 million more than is being recovered from recyclables.

CUPE has concerns that the city may be looking at outsourcing its waste collection to a private company in the future

Tonight’s meeting in council chambers will feature a presentation from staff on the service review to date and discussion from council.

Union representatives will be appearing as a delegation at the meeting.

“Supporters of keeping solid waste services publicly owned and delivered will attend the special meeting,” says a press release from CUPE.