HEU Chilliwack members tell community — Campbell’s cuts are bad for business

Local economy will feel the impact of health workers’ reduced spending

Eighty-seven members of the HEU Chilliwack local have signed a statement indicating that, due to recent decisions by the Campbell Liberals, their buying power has been significantly reduced so they won’t be able to spend as much money as they have been in their community. And they’ve placed it as an advertisement in a local newspaper to alert the community that local businesses will be impacted.

The statement, entitled “Our apology: to the businesses of Chilliwack and surrounding area”, lists a variety of government moves responsible for people’s reduced spending power “which will have a negative impact on your business and this community”. These include possible job losses, increased travel costs because of bed closures at the local hospital, cuts to Pharmacare and treatments covered by MSP, fees for government services and possible increases in vehicle insurance and hydro rates.

“This is a message that needs to be sent to businesses in communities across B.C.,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “The privatization and loss of health care jobs have a direct impact on local economies. Some people recognize this, others don’t. We need to make that direct link — Campbell’s cuts are bad for business.”

The statement, complete with signatories, will run in the April 12 Chilliwack Progress which reaches more than 27,000 area households.