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Halifax – School crossing guards across the HRM will get to vote this week on whether they want to unionize.

The group of about 180 part-time workers who staff crosswalks at schools and street corners from one end of HRM to the other will cast ballots this Thursday and Friday, after Canada’s largest union, CUPE, signed enough union cards to prompt the vote.

CUPE National Representative John Evans says, “We were approached by this group who have a number of workplace issues, after they found out that we represent crossing guards in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

The votes will be conducted by the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 pm both days, at the following locations:


  • Halifax Police Headquarters on Gottingen Street
  • Sackville Public Library
  • Dartmouth North Public Library
  • Captain William Spry Public Library
  • LeBrun Community Centre, Bedford


The HRM crossing guards are being motivated by the fact that their counterparts in CBRM enjoy significantly better working conditions and wages. The HRM crossing guards are employed by the Halifax Police Services Board.

For information:

Jacquie Bramwell
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)