Young child stacks colourful bricksHALIFAXCUPE Nova Scotia is welcoming employees who work in early intervention services across the province into the union. CUPE Early Childhood Education Co-ordinator Naomi Stewart says, “We are very pleased to hear from the Labour Board today that our efforts to organize about 80 employees who work in the new provincial board have been a success.” These employees will join the existing CUPE Local which had been in place at the Progress Centre in Halifax, CUPE 5054.

Early intervention programs in Nova Scotia deliver services for young children who are diagnosed with, or are at risk of, developmental delay. As a result of the province’s recent review, a new board was created - Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services. Says Stewart, “We are very pleased that these employees have chosen to join CUPE, and we look forward to working on their behalf to develop a sound working relationship with their employer and their funder, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen says, “We are certainly encouraged that Minister Karen Casey provided funding in October 2015 to help address low wages for early interventionists. “This is welcome news for these highly-qualified and hard-working employees. Clearly, they felt they needed a union to help them pursue more equitable wages and working conditions,” says McFadgen.