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(Halifax) - Contract talks between 3,000 CUPE hospital workers and 35 hospitals in the province resume today in a Halifax hotel.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadas largest health care union is attempting to negotiate a new contract on behalf of its members, and avoid having to go to final offer selection (FOS). FOS is a form of binding arbitration introduced by the Hamm government when it withdrew Bill 68.

CUPE represents the full spectrum of hospital workers, excluding RNs, everywhere in Nova Scotia except the Halifax area.

CUPE Hospital Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says on the heels of a rich settlement for the provinces doctors, its going to be really difficult for CUPE hospital workers to accept the provinces ability to pay arguments.

Both sides are scheduled to meet from November 28-30, and again in mid-December.

For information:
Wayne Thomas, CUPE Hospital Co-ordinator
(902) 752-2244 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)