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The union representing 3,700 school board workers across Nova Scotia says results of strike votes are starting to come in from across the province.

CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod says, “While voter turnouts have been low in some cases, it is clear that our members in this sector are frustrated with the lack of progress in bargaining and are giving their locals a good strike mandate.”

  • Local 964, Tri-County Regional School Board – 97%
  • Local 4682, South Shore Regional School Board – 97%
  • Local 3890, Chignecto Regional School Board – 88% (voted in December 2012)
  • Local 955, Strait Regional School Board – 88%

Local 5050, with more than 1,300 members spread over much of Cape Breton at the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board, has to date been unable to reach the 50% of membership threshold required to secure a strike mandate.

Local 2272 (CSAP) has not voted yet but will be looking to do so before the next conciliation date.
Local 3876 at the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board is scheduled to vote on Saturday, June 8.

MacLeod says the seven locals that make up the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions will return to conciliation talks on June 20. CUPE represents employees in every job classification, other than teachers, in the province’s P-12 school system.