M.P. and Union Speak Out Against Case Processing Centre Closure

At least 280 positions at the Vegreville Case Processing Centre will be moving to Edmonton by January 1 of 2019

The Case Processing Centre in Vegreville is closing.

In an announcement yesterday morning, the Public Works branch of the federal government announced that over the next two years, it will be relocating it's work to a currently unknown location in Edmonton, citing that it was a "business decision".

Mike Brecht, Deputy Trustee for the Canada Employment Immigration Union, says that even he wasn't notified until Wednesday night.

Brecht adds that the government plans to have the move completed by January 1, 2019.

Some employees will have the option to move to Edmonton or commute if they take up a job offer at the new location in Edmonton.

Employees plan to fight back by contacting all levels of government, from town council, to the Prime Minister's Office.

Lakeland Member of Parliament Shannon Stubbs was incredulous with the news.

Stubbs will be encouraging the reversal of the decision in today's Question Period.

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