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Employees at Northumberland Hall in Amherst, Nova Scotia have voted 100 per cent in favour of joining CUPE.

Northumberland Hall is a licensed nursing home owned and operated by Shannex. The facility opened in the winter of 2010.

The new bargaining unit, Local 5018, is comprised of approximately 45 employees in the following classifications: Continuing Care Assistant, Recreation Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Support Service Attendant.

CUPE national representative Marianne Welsh said, “The vote by Local 5018 represents another success for CUPE in organizing workers in the long-term care sector. We look forward to bargaining a wage and benefits package for this group like those enjoyed by other CUPE members employed in long-term care throughout the province.”

CUPE Nova Scotia president Danny Cavanagh is extremely pleased with the outcome of the vote. “I’d like to thank the members of Local 5018 for choosing CUPE and look forward to working with them in the future”, said Cavanagh.

CUPE represents over 3,500 health care workers in approximately 40 nursing homes throughout Nova Scotia.