CUPE 5047 face significant challenges

photo Curtis Berkman
photo Curtis Berkman

By Curtis Berkman

Nova Scotia is currently in the midst of a labor strike involving the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The strike, which began on May 4, 2023, has affected, EPA’s, ECE’s SchoolsPlus Community Outreach workers, Child and Youth Care Practitioners, Mi’ kmaw/ Indigenous Support Workers, African Nova Scotia Student Support Workers, Assistive Technology Support Workers, and Library Support Specialists. The workers, who are on strike, are demanding better wages, working conditions, and job security. Despite efforts to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement, leading to the ongoing strike.

The workers who are on strike are facing significant challenges as they continue to fight for their rights. Many of these workers are struggling to make ends meet, as they are not receiving their regular wages. The strike has also caused stress and uncertainty for these workers and their families. Despite these challenges, the workers are standing together and showing their commitment to the cause. Communities across the province have come together to support the striking workers and their families. CUPE members striking at Dartmouth High School feel overwhelmed with emotion as students continue to show their support. As the strike continues, it remains to be seen what the ultimate outcome will be and how it will affect the workers and their families. However, one thing is clear: the workers are determined to fight for their rights and will continue to do so until a fair agreement is reached. 

The negotiation is now in the Huston government’s hands and they need to come back and offer a fair living wage, so these workers can go back to doing what they do best. If you feel this strike is having a negative impact on your children and family, you can contact your local MLA office.

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