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(Halifax) Health care workers who work with mentally ill clients at two facilities slated to close later this year will hold the second in a series of info pickets, this time at Cole Harbour Place in Dartmouth.

The workers from the Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre (HCRRC) in Dartmouth, and the Scotia Adult Residential Centre in Beaver Bank will be conducting an information picket in front of Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 25.

(ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WILL BE WEARING T-SHIRTS WITH THE SLOGAN SEVERANCE FAIRNESS! ON THEM.)

CUPE represents about 200 frontline caregivers and support workers at the two facilities. They are members of CUPE Locals 3618 and 1028.

There is currently a shortage of beds for the mentally ill in Nova Scotia. The two facilities slated to close have 177 beds that will be lost to the system.

In addition, while non-union and management staff at the facilities have been offered severance packages, unionized employees have so far been offered nothing.

For information:
Martena Estabrooks, Spokesperson, CUPE Local 1028
(902) 829-2281 (h)
Linda Clancy, CUPE National Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)