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City of Ottawa Saves Big with Unionized Workers

The City of Ottawa said Tuesday it saved close to $5 million, over four years, by using unionized employees to collect garbage in its downtown core.

The city said since the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 503 — the city’s largest union — won the garbage collection contract for Ottawa’s downtown area in 2005, it has delivered the services it promised for less money.

The city said the unionized collectors have also attracted fewer complaints from residents than the company that previously covered the area.

“The myth is that the public sector cannot do it as well as the private sector, and that’s totally wrong,” Local 503 president Brian Madden told CBC News.

“We’ve shown today that there are millions of dollars in savings over the private sector.”

Accounting firm Ernst & Young audited the garbage collection program and confirmed the city’s statements.
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