Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

February 17, 2010 06:41 ET

CUPE Nova Scotia Urges Dexter Government to Move on February Holiday

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - Nova Scotians deserve to have a holiday in February, and the Dexter government should make it happen.

That challenge comes today from CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh who says, "If it's good enough for at least five provinces and all of the United States, then it should be good enough for Nova Scotians."

Says Cavanagh, "Our province has the fewest number of statutory holidays in the country at five. The period from January 1 through to the Easter weekend is the longest stretch of the year without a holiday and at a time of year when it is needed most.

"This is an issue that the new government can show leadership on while demonstrating its commitment to today's families," says Cavanagh.

"We also believe that enlightened employers will see the benefit to this. Happy workers are more productive workers and it is important to strike that balance between work, play and family time. Not only is a holiday in February long overdue, it is the right thing to do," says Cavanagh.

The third Monday in February is celebrated as 'Family Day' in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and PEI. In the U.S., the same day is celebrated as 'President's Day'.

Contact Information

  • CUPE Nova Scotia
    Danny Cavanagh
    902-957-0822 (Cell)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    902-455-4180 (o)