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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas is encouraging Premier Dunderdale to join with New Brunswick Premier David Alward in opposing the Harper government’s cuts to EI.

This week the Conservative premier of New Brunswick called on the Harper government to impose a moratorium on the changes to our EI system, after an unprecedented series of protests in that province.

Says Lucas, “It is saying something that a Conservative premier is taking a public stand on this issue.  Premier Alward is to be commended for standing up for his province in this instance.

What CUPE would actually like to see is that she and the other premiers ask for a rollback of the reforms, since they are already taking effect in many parts of the province.”

The Atlantic premiers are scheduled to meet on Monday, April 29 at White Point in Nova Scotia.

Lucas says, “We need to take a united stand against these cuts - which demonstrate a profound lack of understanding of seasonal work in this part of the country - before they cause further damage to working families in our province.”