After stifling the normally busy summer season, striking workers with Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents national parks employees, will be setting their sights on disrupting the winterization of park facilities.
According to the Jasper Jumper, union plumbers could delay the winterization of water and sewer lines in campgrounds, and the hauling of road salt and sand could be impacted.
Rotating strikes disrupted the summer season for parks across Canada, including operations in the Jasper area.
John Virlas, who owns Miette Hot Springs Bungalows, expected this summer to finally pay off for his business.
Campground closures along with on-and-off openings at the Miette Hot Springs, however, changed that.
“We had a good summer coming on until the strike,” Virlas said. “We thought we were going to have one of the best summers, but it turned out to be one of the worst.”
His company saw an estimated 50 per cent drop in business since the Parks Canada strike began.
“It was worse than last year, even though we had some problems with the smoke (from forest fires),” he said. “This is two seasons now that we have suffered downfalls.”