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Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 14, 2023– (working wire) – School support staff represented by the Nova Scotia School Board Unions Council of CUPE (NSSBCU) will hold pickets and rallies around the province on Saturday, April 15y. Education workers will be in legal strike mode at 12:01 a.m. on April 21street.

5,400 education workers voted 97.5% in favor of striking if an agreement guaranteeing large pay increases for members is not reached. CUPE education workers are among the lowest paid workers in the public sector, with the majority earning less than $30,000 per year. The NSSBCU applied for reconciliation in January in hopes that a third party would help refocus the government on finalizing a fair deal that would help members escape poverty, but reconciliation talks failed, and both parties received reports from conciliation officials on April 6.y.

NSSBCU represents more than 5,400 school support staff across all seven regional centers of education and the Conseil scolaire acadien county. Members include bus drivers, pre-primary early childhood educators, educational program assistants, guardians, food service personnel, and merchants.

The heads of the 8 local residents involved will be available for comment on Saturday. Gathering locations and contact details for local representatives are listed below.

Contact and phone number




Andrew Weaver


Strike Headquarters, 242 Water Street

Collins Street Car Park

1 m


Lisa de Molitor


Wilson Appliance Center

3542 NS Trunk 3, Barrington Lane

11 p.m


Dwayne Sarti


The intersection of Lahav Street and Old Bridge Street

11 p.m


Chris Melanson


March from Ferry Terminal Park to Zatzman Sportsplex

1 m

New Minas

Cindy Courtney


New Minas Walmart parking lot

9097 Commercial Street

11 p.m

New Glasgow

Robert McKay

Early March at New Glasgow CUPE Office

2 m


Clint Eagles


Beginning of March at Old Amherst Town Hall

5 Ratchford Street

2 m

Port Hawkesbury

Nelson Scott


Gerard Matthews 902-870-2422

Causeway Rotary, Port Hawkesbury, speakers to follow at Unifor Hall, 323 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury

1 m


Sherene Woodworth


The gathering begins at the Inn on the Prince

2 m

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Mary Dane Johnston
CUPE Atlantic Communications Representative
[email protected].