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(Bridgetown) – Employees at the Bridgetown Adult Residential Centre (ARC’s) have voted 85% in favour of strike action. The 33 members of CUPE Local 2859 held the vote May 1.

The main issues in the dispute include:

  • Shift Premium
  • Week-End Premium
  • Pension Plan
  • Resident-Staff Ratio
  • Wages and Classifications

CUPE National Representative John Evans says, “CUPE has been asking the provincial Department of Community Services for some time now to move to a ‘lead table’ model of bargaining, similar to the one used in the nursing home sector. This would allow us to bargain for workers in ARC’s, Residential Care Facilities (RCF’s), group homes and small options homes all at the same time.

It is a far more efficient way of spending Nova Scotia taxpayers’ money and would lead to more equitable wages and working conditions across these sectors,” says Evans.

For information:

John Evans, CUPE National Rep., (902) 455-4180 (O), jevans@cupe.ca

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (0), jmccracken@cupe.ca