School board workers closer to strike action

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SYDNEY – The union representing 3,700 school board workers across Nova Scotia returned to the bargaining table last Friday with virtually no progress being made in those talks.

That blunt assessment comes from CUPE School Board Co-ordinator Kathy MacLeod who says, "six of the seven locals that make up the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions are now scheduling strike votes across the province. Local 3890 at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board have already held their strike vote.”

MacLeod said there continues to be several outstanding issues and said the employers and the province don’t appear to be serious about reaching a negotiated settlement.

"While we do have an additional date of May 30 for conciliation talks to resume, we believe a strong strike mandate from our membership is required to convince the school boards that we are serious about getting a new contract," she said.

The NSSBCU bargains provincially on behalf of seven school boards. CUPE represents employees in every job classification, other than teachers, in the province's P-12 school system.

Organizations: Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions, CUPE School Board Co, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: SYDNEY, Nova Scotia, Chignecto

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