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(Amherst) - Employees of Autumn House will be joined at a news conference, Wednesday (September 24, 4:00 pm at the Amherst Wandlyn Inn), by Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke, and CUPE Nova Scotia President Betty-Jean Sutherland.

The two labour leaders will be in Amherst to deliver a strong message to the agencys Board of Directors, all of whom are either currently in a union themselves or retired union members.

The union will also outline how the Board is in violation of several of its own by-laws.

In a related matter, CUPE National Representative Terry Goulding says the union today wrote the Minister of Community Services, David Morse, asking him to step in and help resolve the dispute, given that the Board has now threatened to close the facility.

Says Goulding, Both sides have clearly reached the point of impasse and require third party intervention. The minister has several options at his disposal, including bringing in a special Mediator, or possibly looking at some form of binding arbitration.

The womens shelter workers have been on strike since August 11.

For information:
Terry Goulding
CUPE National Rep
(902) 752-2245 (o)

Terry Cove
President CUPE Local 4326
(902) 667-7314 (h)

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