Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

November 27, 2009 19:00 ET

CUPE School Board Workers in Nova Scotia Vote 91% in Favour of Strike Action

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2009) - CUPE school board workers in seven school boards across Nova Scotia have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to support their bargaining committee.

CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod says, "CUPE school board workers in this province have made their voices heard loud and clear. With an overall strike vote of 91%, they are taking a strong and united stand. They've now made it clear that the only thing that will settle this dispute is a contract that is both fair and reasonable - nothing more and nothing less."

Wilfridine Crowdis, Chairperson of the CUPE Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions (NSSBCU) says, "While nobody wants to see a disruption of services and CUPE members see a strike as a last resort, they have sent a very clear signal to the school boards and the provincial government that they will not accept being treated like second class citizens when it comes to collective bargaining.

Some 3,700 CUPE school board workers have been working under a collective agreement which expired March 31, 2007.

Now that the Conciliator has filed all of his reports to the Minister of Labour, all seven locals can be in a legal strike position within 14 days.

Contact Information

  • Kathy MacLeod
    CUPE School Board Coordinator
    902-578-3304 (Cell)
    902-539-4933 (o)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    902-455-4180 (o)