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ST. JOHN’S – Wayne Lucas, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Newfoundland and Labrador says the provincial government is going to have to get involved to settle the current strike at Daybreak Parent Child Centre.

Lucas says the strike that began on January 12, “was totally unnecessary and needs to be resolved for all concerned, especially the parents and children whose services are being disrupted.

Daybreak Parent Child Centre, says Lucas, is an integral part of the safety net of services provided by the Department of Health and Community Services to families experiencing challenges in their lives,” says Lucas.

The amount of money we’re talking about to resolve the wage issue in this dispute is relatively insignificant. It’s time now for Treasury Board to acknowledge their role in this as the sole funder of Daybreak and rectify the difference in their salaries,” he says.

I call on the provincial government to end the rhetoric and return to the bargaining table with CUPE. Let’s get these workers back to work and servicing the needs of the families under their care.”

For information:

Wayne Lucas
CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador president
(709) 727-2509 (cell)

John McCracken
CUPE communications representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)