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HALIFAX – CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “Nova Scotians should be extremely concerned that their provincial government has categorically failed in its attempt to re-organize the health care sector.

“They have spent somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000 of taxpayers’ money on an arbitrator, and now they plan to throw his ruling in the garbage can.

This government should have kept its nose out of the unions’ business and we could have avoided all of this. We worked for six months to come up with a solution that would have reduced bargaining units and bargaining tables dramatically. All four unions agreed on a Bargaining Association model.

Says Cavanagh, “Most importantly, we have 24,000 health care workers who continue to live with instability and uncertainty, and all of this hurts patient care.”

“The one thing that hasn’t changed is that CUPE will continue to fight for the best possible representation for our 4,700 members in acute care in a principled way.”