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(Halifax) - A group of child care workers with the Saint Joseph’s Early Childhood Centre (SJECC) have taken job action today, to protest deteriorating labour relations at the centre.

The 45 members of CUPE Local 3845 work at five municipal day care centres. Picket lines are up this morning at Saint Joseph’s main location, which is at 2362 Brunswick Street.

Local President Alison Wallace says, “A recent forced transfer of an employee was the straw that broke the camel’s back, but there have been a series of punitive moves by this employer ever since we formed a union.”

“The reason we unionized in the first place was that we were tired of being treated unfairly by this employer. More than three years later, it’s as if they’re trying to ignore the fact that we have a collective agreement that determines our working conditions,” says Wallace.

Saint Joseph’s Early Childhood Centre facilities affected by the job action include: the Quinpool Centre, Sunnyside Mall, Scotia Square, Brunswick Street and Clayton Park.

For information:
Kathy MacLeod, CUPE National Representative
(902) 578-4612 (cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 222-8457 (cell) - (902) 455-4180 (o)