Labour leaders rally against LRT privatization

Alberta's union movement is standing up for public transit in Edmonton

Hundreds of concerned Albertans and union members attending this week's Alberta Federation of Labour convention will rally today at noon at Edmonton's City Hall in protest of privatization of the South East extension of the LRT, and demand accountability from City Council for the decision.

The decision, made by council earlier this year to privatize the operation and maintenance of the new line running from Millwoods into the downtown, was met with grave concern by supporters of public transit.

“This decision is not something Edmontonians will not let slide. If city councillors think we haven’t noticed that they’ve opened the doors for further privatization of our public transit system, they’re wrong. And we’re here today to make sure they listen” said Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour which represents 160,000 workers across the province.

A recent Environics poll revealed 64% of people surveyed disagree that turning over operations of the southeast LRT to a private corporation is the correct decision. With municipal election campaigns gearing up in just a few weeks workers of Alberta have decided to come together and with one voice send a strong message against P3s.