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(Sydney) CUPE Local 5050, the largest school board local in Nova Scotia, has applied for conciliation talks with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB).

CUPE National Representative Kathy Macleod says, Talks have not been particularly productive to date, with one major issue shaping up to be the employers attempt to get out of the cafeteria operations. Wages and benefits are also in dispute.

Local 5050 represents 1,400 workers in 44 job classifications with the Board, ranging from school secretaries, teacher aids, lunch supervisors, bus drivers, mechanics, cafeteria workers and more.

Conciliator Ken Zwicker has been appointed to the talks. Both sides are now awaiting dates.

For information:

Kathy Macleod, CUPE National Rep. - 539-4933 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative - (902) 455-4180 (o)