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(Halifax) A group of Halifax child care workers will be getting close to $17,000 in government training money after all.

Some 45 teachers with the St. Josephs Early Childhood Centres were given an assurance at the agencys Board meeting last night (Feb.26) that the money will now go into their salaries - and this will occur by the end of March.

An information picket planned by the workers for last nights meeting was called off late yesterday afternoon, after news of a breakthrough was signaled.

The $16,900 was designated for training under the federal Childcare Stabilization Grant (CSG) for 2002-2003. The grant, which is administered by the provincial government, had gone unused by the St. Josephs Board.

CUPE Local 3845 President Lisa Stewart says, This grant was meant to stabilize the workforce in the child care sector, and now our employer is finally using it for that purpose. Its exactly what we were fighting for, and now weve won it.

Child care workers in the five affected locations across HRM will now be treated fairly on how this grant money was used, says Stewart.

Stewart says, We were also given an assurance by our Board of Directors that they will pay much closer attention to the input of employees the next time something like this happens. Thats very encouraging for us.

CUPE Local 3845 represents 45 child care workers in five locations throughout HRM.

For information:
Lisa Stewart, President, CUPE Local 3845
422-8441, Ext. 141 - 475-1667 (h)(o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
455-4180 (o)