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(Halifax) – Workers at five more Nova Scotia nursing homes have voted to take strike action to back their union’s contract demands.

  • 265 employees of Harbourstone Enhanced Care in Sydney (Local 1183) have voted 95% in favour of strike action
  • 75 employees at Foyer Pere Fiset in Cheticamp (Local 2013) have voted 97% in favour
  • 95 employees of Riverview Adult Residential Centre facility in New Glasgow (Local 2330) voted 92% in favour
  • 70 employees at Highland Community Residential Services, a group home in New Glasgow (Local 2330) have voted 82% in favour
  • 50 employees Milford Haven in Guysborough (Local 1723) have voted 96% in favour

CUPE strike votes are being held across the province. The union represents the vast majority of workers in nursing homes in Nova Scotia – more than 3,000 workers in 37 facilities.

The main issues in the dispute are wages, a shift differential, weekend premiums and the dental plan.

For information:

Jacquie Bramwell, CUPE National Rep., Sydney Office, (902) 539-4933 (o)

Wayne Thomas, CUPE National Rep., New Glasgow Office, (902) 752-2244 (o)

Terry Goulding, CUPE National Rep., New Glasgow Office, (902) 752-2244 (o)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o), jmccracken@cupe.ca