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(Halifax) Striking womens shelter workers from Amherst will hold an information picket in front of the provincial legislature, Thursday September 4.

The 11 employees of Autumn House, who have been on strike since August 11, will be handing out John Hamm Bake Sale flyers to emphasize the point that womens shelters in Nova Scotia are not fully funded by the province. They continue to have to rely on bake sales and other fundraising activities.

(ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: The info picket gets underway at 8:30 am. Thursday, September 4. Striking workers and their supporters will be handing out flyers at both entrances to Province House. CLC [Canadian Labour Congress] Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker, who will be attending the swearing in of the NDP MLA’s, will also spend some time on the picket line.)

Terry Cove, the president of CUPE Local 4326, says, On behalf of the women and families that we provide essential services to, we will be asking the new government to commit to full funding of womens shelters.

We would also like the province to step in and tell our Board of Directors to pass on the salary increases theyve already received from the province, but are withholding from employees.

For information:
Terry Cove, President, CUPE Local 4326
(902) 667-7314 (h)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)