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(Halifax) – A coalition of the province’s health care unions will be holding three more regional meetings across the province on the MacDonald government’s plans to try and ban health care strikes.

The three upcoming meetings, designed to share information with the 32,000 health care workers who would be affected by the legislation, will take place as follows:

Kentville - Monday, October 22, 7-9 pm, NS Community College, Kingstec Campus,
Room 2101 & 2102

Halifax/Dartmouth - Monday, October 29, 7-9 pm, Holiday Inn Harbourview,
Dartmouth, Lake City Ballroom

New Glasgow - Tuesday, October 30, 7-9pm, Heather Hotel, Allan/McBean Room

The coalition was formed earlier this year when Premier MacDonald announced plans to introduce legislation designed to take away the right to strike from some 32,000 health care workers.

It consists of seven unions, including the NSGEU (Nova Scotia Government Employees Union), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), NSNU (Nova Scotia Nurses Union), CAW (Canadian Auto Workers Union), IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers), SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers).

The legislation has now been made public, even though both opposition parties have said they will not be supporting it.

For information: 

Rick Clarke (NSFL) at 454-6735; Danny Cavanagh, CUPE, (902) 957-0822; Joan Jessome, NSGEU, 471-4566; Janet Hazelton, NSNU, 456-2084; Shauna Wilcox, CAW, 1-800-591-7523; Gerard Higgins, SEIU, 455-1095; Dwayne Fitzgerald, IUOE (902) 539 5438; Fred Furlong, CUPW, 454-5812.