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CUPE is encouraged that the Council of Atlantic Premiers recognizes the importance of establishing a panel to jointly examine the impact of the federal government’s recent changes to the Employment Insurance Program (EI) – a panel to which Danny Cavanagh, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, has been appointed.

Cavanagh will provide a much-needed perspective from the labour sector. Panelists were selected from labour, business and academic sectors, based on their extensive experience, community involvement and understanding of the Atlantic-region economy.

Cavanagh has worked tirelessly on behalf of not only CUPE members in the province, but on behalf of all employees who will be negatively affected by the changes implemented by the federal Conservative government.

Says CUPE’s Atlantic Regional Director Jacquie Bramwell, “With the panel’s mandate being a full understanding of the implications the EI reforms have on workers, employers and communities, we are looking forward to receiving the panel’s feedback and recommendations in the fall.”