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(Halifax) Employees at the Children’s Aid Society of Halifax have given their union a 92% strike mandate.

The 55 members of CUPE Local 2837, representing case aids, clerical support staff, family skills workers, child protection, in-take workers, adoption workers, foster home workers, adolescent workers and children-in-care workers, voted last night in favour of backing their unions contract demands.

CUPE National Representative Barbara Kowalski says, The vote to strike sends a clear message to CAS of Halifax and, in particular, to the Department of Community Services. We’re asking for a fair deal, no more, but no less than the rest of the Children’s Aid groups in the province have received.

The cost to the provincial government would barely put a dent in the spread sheet, says Kowalski.

These frontline workers provide a valuable service and, quite frankly, are currently being undervalued by their funder, the provincial government. They are directly involved in delivering a broad range of services to a vulnerable part of our community, in the largest urban centre in Atlantic Canada.

They deserve to be compensated fairly, says Kowalski.

For information:
Barb Kowalski, CUPE National Rep.
902-455-4180 (o)
John McCracken,CUPE Communications Rep.
902-455-4180 (o)