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The largest CUPE hospital local in Nova Scotia has filed a grievance after its employer decided not to pay workers who missed shifts during last week's state of emergency.

CUPE Local 2525, which represents 1,200 health-care, clerical and support workers at 14 hospitals from Amherst to Port Hawkesbury across the top of mainland Nova Scotia, has filed grievances with district health authorities in the region.

CUPE contracts contain a clause which covers family emergencies such as floods or fires, the same clause that was used succesfully to ensure our members were paid for missed shifts during last September's hurricane Juan. CUPE hospital workers are entitled to five such family leave days a year.

Nova Scotia's 'Blizzard of '04' shattered snowfall records when it dumped close to 100 cm. in 24 hours. Most of the province's roads were closed for two to three days while the province dug out from the storm.