Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 13, 2012 12:51 ET

CUPE Local 5050 teams up with Cape Breton District Labour Council to fight school board cuts

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2012) - Organized labour in Cape Breton is coming together to fight a second round of school board cuts announced by the Education Minister on Friday.

CUPE Local 5050, which represents some 1,300 school board workers at the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB), is teaming up with the Cape Breton and District Labour Council in opposition to a 2.1% budget cut.

Both groups met Saturday (February 11) to begin putting together a fight-back campaign.

Local 5050 Fight-back Committee Chair Mary Jessome says, "Along with this cut, the boards have been told they must absorb inflation costs as well as any wage increases for employees. So parents with children in our school system really need to understand that we're talking about considerably more than 2.1% in cuts."

Says Jessome, "We urge the CBVRSB to be more forthcoming with information than they were during last year's round of cuts."

Local 5050 President Liz MacDonald says, "Last year, school boards were told to cut 1.65% from their budgets and that resulted in 92 positions being eliminated right here at the Cape Breton-Victoria Board. The bulk of those cuts were Teaching Assistants who work with children with special needs, but there were also cuts to cleaners, library staff, maintenance, lunch, bus & grounds monitors and more."

As part of the fight-back campaign, labour is planning rallies, a 'Town Hall' meeting for parents of children with special needs, lobbying of local NDP MLAs and more.

Contact Information

  • Mary Jessome
    Local 5050 Fightback Cte.
    (902) 574-1382 (c)

    Liz MacDonald
    President, Local 5050
    (902) 574-1380 (c)

    Todd MacPherson
    President, Labour Council
    (902) 371-8692 (c)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    (902) 455-4180 (o)