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New Glasgow – Pictou County MLA’s Charlie Parker and Clarrie MacKinnon will join employees of Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) at an October 10 news conference in New Glasgow.

The event will take place at 10:30 am at the Heather Hotel in the MacBain Room. Speakers will include:

  • Betty Jean Sutherland, President CUPE Local 2330
  • Danny Cavanagh, President CUPE Nova Scotia
  • Rick Clarke, President Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
  • Charlie Parker, NDP MLA for Pictou West
  • Clarrie MacKinnon, NDP MLA for Pictou East

Their message will be aimed at Minister of Community Services Judy Streatch, whose department has allowed the practice of paying HCRS employees for five hours work on a 10-hour overnight shift. In some instances, employees are working 40 hours for free in a two-week period.

Employees doing the same work with the same qualifications in homes funded by the same department but through Adult Residential Centres get paid for a full shift.

CUPE Local 2330 is mounting a public campaign throughout Pictou County to highlight the unfair practice.

For information:

Carl Crouse
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 752-2244 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)