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Who is Jordan Bateman
Dear CUPE 403 members (in particular those 35 and under).
It has come to the attention of the CUPE 403 Executive that former Township Councillor Jordan Bateman and currently Director for the Canadian Taxpayer Federation is conducting some academic work that entails interviewing young workers within the Township.
We thought it important that the membership know who Mr. Bateman is and part of what he represents prior to taking part in his study.
Please read here regarding Mr. Batemans Canadian Taxpayer Federation bio.
We also thought you may want to read about Mr. Bateman's thoughts regarding government workers...in particular those who wish to make a living wage. As Mr. Bateman notes: "The system as it stands now doesn’t work for taxpayers – we overpay for labour and it shows on our annual property tax bill. It’s time to try something different."
Here is that piece from the Vancouver Province (31 July 2013).
The Executive of CUPE 403
Plump Your Vote
With municipal elections in BC just around the corner, it is time for you and your family members - who are of voting age - to consider plumping the vote.
On Saturday, November 1...get your plump on and vote.
UPDATE 2.0: Township of Langley Election Survey
Attention CUPE 403 Members.
The Vancouver Sun is surveying candidates running for municipal office within the Lower Mainland. Here is the link to the site.
We recommend that members take the time to read what the candidates in their municipality have to say regarding important issues that affect the workplace and the community at large. In particular, each candidate's personal view regarding the contracting out of municipal services (ie. possibly the job you may presently occupy). The following statement was posed to each candidate for their response:
My municipality could save money by contracting out more municipal services.
The candidates for Mayor & Council responded as follows:
Mayor Jack Froese - No response as of yet
Rick Green - Agree
Clint Lee - Disagree
Councillor Fox - Disagree
Councillor Ward - Agree
Kevin Mitchell - Agree
Solon Bucholtz - Neutral
Councillor Ferguson - Neutral
Mel Kositsky - Neutral
Jackie Mandzak - Disagree
Scott Nichols - Don't know
Councillor Richter - Don't know
Kerri Ross - Disagree
Blair Whitmarsh - Neutral
Unfortunately there are a few candidates who agree with the statement...which we do not. We of course are curious as to which service(s) they feel contracting out would make good economic sense. We think voters may want to know before they cast their ballot as well.
Again we would kindly ask the membership and their families consider the above answers and other candidate responses within the questionnaire when casting your all important vote on election day - Saturday, November 15.
Please remember that you do not have to vote for every position on Council. If you want to vote for one candidate you may do just that.
The Executive of CUPE 403
ps. Should you have any questions, please call the union office at 604.530.6185.