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(Halifax) - Instructional support staff with the Halifax Regional School Board will once again make their presence know, this time at tomorrow nights (March 23) Board meeting in Dartmouth.

The 700 EPAs (Educational Program Assistants), Library Staff and Student Support Workers are protesting the boards decision to hire a private company to recruit replacement workers, otherwise know as scabs, in the event of a work stoppage.

The members of CUPE Local 108 are particularly offended by ads that have been running in local newspapers asking for people to work in health care, for 400+ upcoming positions for a pilot project within the HRM.

The ads have been placed by a private company, RJF Healthcare. They were hired by the school board to recruit scabs in the event of a strike.

Both sides are expected to return to conciliation March 29, 30 and 31, in the hopes of avoiding a work stoppage. CUPE Local 108 members have given their union a 97% strike mandate.

(ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: THE CUPE INFORMATION PICKET TAKES PALCE BETWEEN 4:30 6:30 PM TUESDAY, MARCH 23 AT THE HRSB HEAD OFFICE, 90 ALDERNEY DRIVE, IN DOWNTOWN DARTMOUTH.)

For information:
Larry Power
CUPE National Rep.
454-6369 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
455-4180 (o)