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Sign the petition to help save our jobs

We are the 46 Wood Buffalo Housing Employees currently on the picket line. We have been since May 10th. What we want is simple: we want to go back to work. We do not want a raise. We do not want more. We just want our jobs back. Our sense of dignity back.

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Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) is forcing their hand. Employees are locked-out, replaced with fly-by-night contractors.

You might think "I guess that saves money?" – but it doesn’t. We have seen this movie many times before. It ends up costing more, workers get paid less, and in the end, the whole community suffers.

Here’s what it means for our community:



Large contracting companies pay their employees minimum wage, but the alleged 'savings' or lost wages goes to the contracting companies. That means no money is saved. In fact, it costs more, workers get paid less, and quality is lower.



The long term, dedicated groundskeepers, maintenance staff, and housekeepers at WBH only wish to take care of residents and their homes. Without them, fly-by-night contractors will never maintain these properties at the same level. It will mean shabby properties and buildings in disrepair. That impacts everyone.



If large contracting companies collect lost wages, who is standing up for the community and its residents? The people who call Wood Buffalo home. Our community is built on the values of fairness, and this action by Wood Buffalo Housing speaks directly against those values.

This is not about wages. This is about employees wanting to do what they were hired to do – take care of residents and their homes.

Judy Collier
CUPE Local 1505 President


Dear Wood Buffalo Housing Board of Directors and Executive:

In Wood Buffalo, we treat people fairly.

Because of that, I support the 46 workers locked-out by Wood Buffalo Housing to go back to work.

These individuals are not asking for a raise. They are not asking for a promotion. They just want to go back to their job and serve the people that brought so much joy into their lives.

That is fair, and they should be able to do that.

As leadership of Wood Buffalo Housing, We know you are good people, reasonable people. So I encourage you to do the right thing and bring back your workers immediately.

It is the right thing to do.

Your neighbour

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