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SYDNEY, NS The strike at the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board continues.

In a vote this evening, the members of CUPE Local 5050 strongly rejected the latest offer from the school board.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, Education Minister Jamie Muir and Premier John Hamm can no longer hide from this situation. These striking school board members have said it loud and clearthe wage parity issue must be dealt with.

After two weeks on the picket line, our members are more convinced now than ever that the issue of equal pay for school board workers is one of basic fairness and justice, says MacLeod.

These strikers have made it clear that the only thing that will end this dispute is for the government to implement a mechanism that will move them toward wage parity with other school board workers across the province.

MacLeod says, With the provincial legislature resuming tonight, the member of Local 5050 will be making their presence felt in a big way. We will bring this dispute right to their doorstep.

In addition, commencing tomorrow, the office of Cape Bretons only Tory MLA - Energy Minister Cecil Clarke will become a permanent picket location for the duration of the strike.

For information:

Kathy MacLeod
CUPE National Rep.
578-3304 (Cell)

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