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Employees with the St. Josephs Early Childhood Centres in Halifax say an offer made to them in bargaining this past weekend was unacceptable.

The Union representing the teachers and cooks, who work in 5 facilities across Halifax, will now be presenting their own proposal to the employer.

CUPE Local 3845 is awaiting confirmation that a conciliation officer has filed his report with the Department of Labour, which would start the clock ticking toward a strike deadline.

The 45 ECE teachers and cooks are lowest paid non-profit childcare workers in Halifax. A fully qualified ECE teacher at St. Josephs Early Childhood Centre earn as little as $16,900 a year.

For information:
Lisa Stewart, President CUPE Local 3845
(902) 223-2691 (cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Research Representative
(902) 478-4484 (cell)