Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

February 27, 2014 13:48 ET

CUPE named in Essential Services Legislation for no reason

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2014) - The essential services legislation released today by the McNeil Government names four CUPE locals in the home support sector for no apparent reason.

CUPE Home Support Co-ordinator Marianne Welsh says, "Of the five groups we represent in the province, two of them already have signed deals and the other three are nowhere near taking any kind of job action.

"We are left scratching our heads as to why these CUPE groups are even named in the legislation," she says.

"Even more puzzling," says Welsh, "is that one of the locals named in the legislation already has a negotiated deal - Local 3986 in New Waterford."

Meanwhile, CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh is slamming the provincial government for suggesting that they haven't taken away the right to strike.

Says Cavanagh, "If you look around the country where different jurisdictions have this kind of legislation, it has the clear affect of preventing job action. If unions are limited to taking 20% or 30% of their members out on strike, that is virtually the same as banning strikes outright.

"Essential services legislation does nothing to help the parties resolve the legitimate issues that arise in bargaining. Free and unfettered collective bargaining is the only thing that does that," says Cavanagh.

Here is a breakdown of the CUPE locals in the home support sector:

  • Local 3936 - Lunenburg County Home Support Services Society (no strike vote, actively bargaining)

  • Local 3885 - Region of Queens Home Support (signed deal)

  • Local 3953 - VON Cumberland (only group that's held a strike vote, actively bargaining)

  • Local 3986 - New Waterford Homecare Service Society (signed a deal)

  • Local 4354 - Victoria County Home Support Services Society (no strike vote, actively bargaining)

Contact Information

  • Marianne Welsh
    CUPE Home Support Co-ordinator
    (902) 818-4125 (Cell)

    Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE NS President
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep
    (902) 880-8057 (Cell)