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Halifax’s lowest paid, non-profit child care workers say their own board is withholding training money earmarked for them by the provincial government.

Teachers at St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Centres say close to $17,000 designated for training went unused by the agency and now the government is asking for it back.

Lisa Stewart, president of CUPE Local 3845, says, “This fund was supposed to be for the direct benefit of child care teachers. There was much fanfare from the government when they announced it.”

Stewart says the union has written the board about the training money, and has received only vague commitments about “future training.”

CUPE Local 3845 represents 40 child care workers in five locations in Halifax.