PSAC National President Robyn Benson is calling on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum to rescind the plan to close a case processing centre in Vegreville, Alberta.
In a letter to the Minister, Benson warns that the move will have a devastating impact on the Vegreville community, as well as 280 workers and their families.
“lt will kill other jobs in the community, close businesses, devastate property values, and undermine the tax base, thus making it harder to operate hospitals, schools and other essential community services,” Benson writes.
Workers in shock
On October 27, PSAC members working at the centre were shocked when the government announced the plan to move the centre to Edmonton.
Benson urged the Minister to work with PSAC, the employees at the centre and the local community to come up with a solution that will meet the government's goals in a way that will also benefit the workers and the community.