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(Halifax) Central bargaining for more than 3,000 Nova Scotia nursing home workers ended abruptly this week, and the union has now asked for a conciliator to be appointed.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents workers in 37 homes across the province, says little progress has been made in talks so far.

CUPE Long Term Co-ordinator Kelly Murray explains, “We have been attempting to negotiate with a ’lead local’ and Queen’s Manor in Liverpool to achieve provisions for a central agreement. The employer has shown little willingness to reach a negotiated settlement.”

Says Murray, “These workers have now been 15 months without a contract. They deserve a little bit more respect than that.”

The main issues in the dispute include staffing ratios, pension fairness, job security provisions and wages.

CUPE nursing home locals across the province are now putting the wheels in motion for a strike-averting campaign, with assistance from their national union.

For information:
Kelly Murray
CUPE Long Term Care Co-ordinator
455-4180 (o), 883-1540 (h)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
455-4180 (o), 222-8457 (cell)