The union representing Crosswalk Guards with the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) says Halifax Regional Police (HRP) has conducted a second survey of the eight crosswalks where guards were eliminated in June.
A report was received by the union this week advising that ‘reinstatement of staff at these locations is not warranted at this time’.
CUPE National Representative Marianne Welsh says, “The cuts to guarded crosswalks continue to give us major concerns, including the fact that some parents are now assuming responsibility for a service formerly provided by HRM, and while parents often accompany children at the beginning of the school year, especially primary grade children, we can’t assume that will be a year-long phenomenon.
“Parents of school-age children in HRM should be asking the Halifax Regional Police where this responsibility lies,” added Welsh.
HRP has not sought any input from the 150 members of CUPE Local 4814.
CUPE Local 4814 President Glenna Casavechia says, “We’re taking our message to the public with newspaper ads this week and hoping some common sense will prevail. Children’s safety is not something you can put a price on.”