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SYDNEY, NS – The president of CUPE Local 5050, Liz MacDonald, says her union is “very disappointed to hear about the planned staffing cuts at the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board (CBVRSB), and equally disappointed that staff had to read about it in the newspaper.”

Says MacDonald, “We had a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the Human Resources director and were told we would be getting more details. I don’t see why the Board didn’t wait until they provided us with those details before making public announcements.”

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh, meanwhile, says, “I am having trouble understanding how eliminating some 50 Teaching Assistant positions meets the minister’s criteria of protecting children with special needs. Those TA’s are the lifeline for children who have special needs.”

Local 5050 which represents some 1,400 education workers at the CBVRSB, says it will have more to say about the cuts once they have the full details from the Board. 

For more information, please contact:

Danny Cavanagh    
CUPE NS President  
(902) 957-0822 (Cell) 

Liz MacDonald
President, Local 5050
(902) 574-1380 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Atlantic Communications Representative
(902) 880-8057 (Cell)