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SYDNEY, NS – The union representing 3,700 school board workers across Nova Scotia will return to the bargaining table on June 20, 2013.

CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod says, “The seven locals that make up the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions (NSSBCU) will return to talks with the assistance of a Conciliation Officer from the Department of Labour.

We are cautiously optimistic that the progress that we made in our last face to face meeting with the employers will carry over into this set of talks,” says MacLeod.

MacLeod says since they last met, CUPE has received strike mandates from four of its locals, including:

  • Local 964, Tri-County Regional School Board – 97%
  • Local 4682, South Shore Regional School Board – 97%
  • Local 3890, Chignecto Regional School Board – 88% (voted in December 2012)
  • Local 955, Strait Regional School Board – 88%

MacLeod says the high strike votes are a clear sign that CUPE school board workers are frustrated with how long it’s taking to negotiate a new contract on their behalf.

The NSSBCU represents employees in every job classification, other than teachers, in the province’s P-12 school system.

For more information, please contact:

Kathy MacLeod      
CUPE School Board Co-ordinator  
(902) 539-4933

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative

Gaëlle McNeil
CUPE Communications Representative