I feel compelled to write this letter in regards to the
city's $100,000 club.
It seems every year when this list comes out that paranoia
runs supreme at City Hall. City CAO Mark Mieto wrote letters to
the newspapers making certain statements, one being that
several of these positions were unionized  employees.
Human Resources Director Patrick Thompson appeared on the
CBC radio morning show and echoed Mieto's statements.
I want to make it abundantly clear to the taxpaying public
(which we are also) that not one union member of CUPE Local
4705, of which there are approximately 1,400, makes $100,000 a
When you see city workers plowing your roads at all hours,
work crews repairing our worn-out infrastructures, paramedics
rushing heart attack victims to the hospitals, workers in raw
sewage treatment and water plants, or any of our unionized city
workers who go above and beyond to ensure this city works,
remember that not one of them makes $100,000.
I just felt it was very important that I set the record
straight on this issue. Oh, and by the way, I make nowhere near
a $100,000 a year either.
President CUPE and its Local 4705
Regional Vice President,