January 24, 2014 10:41 ET
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 24, 2014) - Employees with the Progress Centre for Early Intervention in Halifax have a new union contract, two-and-a-half years after they started bargaining.
CUPE National Representative Naomi Stewart says, "The members of Local 5054 have made a number of gains as a result of their first union contract.
"Foremost among them is an opportunity to give a presentation to the Early Years personnel at the Department of Education, who are conducting a review of the wages and early intervention programs across the province."
That review was promised by now Premier McNeil during the election campaign.
"They are also very pleased to finally be covered under WCB. Like many other small workplaces in Nova Scotia, they had been exempt from that coverage," says Stewart.
She says while they did receive a modest wage adjustment which is effective immediately, they are looking forward to the end of the provincial review process and are confident this will put them on par with other employees who do similar work.
CUPE represents 13 employees at the Progress Centre including Early Interventionists, Library Technicians, Administrative Assistants and Playgroup Co-ordinators.
Naomi StewartCUPE National Representative(902) 455-4180 (o)John McCrackenCUPE Communications Representative(902) 880-8057 (c)
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