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(Halifax) A group of health care workers who work with mentally ill clients at the soon-to-be-closed Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre (HCRRC) are continuing their fight for severance fairness from the agency and the Minister of Community Services.

The members of CUPE Local 1028 will be conducting an information picket with a bit of a twist this afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Thursday, October 4). They will be at the corner of Cole Harbour Rd. and Bissett Rd. in Dartmouth.

The unionized workers at the Rehab Centre, some of whom have worked there for 27 years, have been told they will not be receiving severance from the employer. This despite the fact that both non-unionized staff and management are receiving severance packages. Managers are reported to be receiving one month per year of service.

CUPE represents about 100 frontline caregivers and support workers at the Rehab Centre.

(ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WILL BE CONSTRUCTING A LARGE PILE OF WHITE MONEY BAGS ON ONE SIDE OF THE STREET, WHILE EMPLOYEES DRESSED IN RAGS WILL BE PICKETING ON THE OTHER SIDE. MANY OTHER WORKERS WILL BE WEARING T-SHIRTS WITH THE SLOGAN SEVERANCE FAIRNESS! ON THEM.)

For information:
Carolyn Rothwell, President, CUPE Local 1028
(902) 434-2394 (h)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)