Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ottawa

April 06, 2009 10:48 ET

CUPE University Workers Say N.S. Premier Misleading Public About New Spending

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - This week's announcement from the MacDonald government that it wants to spend an additional $256 million on Nova Scotia universities is an attempt to mislead Nova Scotians.

That charge comes today from the union representing workers at three Halifax universities. CUPE Local 3912 President Barb Moore says, "This money is not additional money. In fact, 80 per cent of it is already accounted for as the provincial grant to universities for the fiscal year 2009-2010.

"It is simply a reflection of the funding levels agreed to in the three-year memorandum of understanding between the universities and the provincial government," says Moore.

"Finance Minister Jamie Muir is not being straight with Nova Scotians when he characterizes this as 'extra' money for the sector," she says.

Moore says the universities expect the other 20 per cent to be allocated through the normal budget process.

"This is not new money and should not be characterized as such. For them to try and use this as some kind of political wedge with the opposition parties is a sign of a government that is in its dying days," says Moore.

Contact Information

  • Barb Moore
    President, Local 3912
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.