News Release on Behalf of Nova Scotia Acute Health Care Employers

BEDFORD, NS, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The Employers representing eight District Health Authorities (except Capital Health) in Nova Scotia remain hopeful that a January 18 strike date for health care employees represented by CUPE can be averted.

While the employers appreciate that CUPE has provided a firm date for a possible strike, adapting to the ongoing strike threat is continuing. That means planning and preparation, including scaling back and suspending services is underway throughout many districts. In some cases, districts are contacting patients and families about appointment changes and plans for rescheduling where appropriate. Information on programs and services will also be shared through News Media and advertising in the coming days.

The Employers see the pending strike as a serious situation with potential for significant impact on the health care system; however the ongoing goal of the employers is to reach a negotiated settlement without a strike.

CUPE represents about 4000 members in 18 bargaining units in Districts across the province. This includes employees in service, clerical and healthcare positions.

The employers' bargaining team includes management and Human Resources representatives from the districts. The Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations (NSAHO) coordinates contract negotiations for the employers.

SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA ACUTE HEALTH CARE EMPLOYERS

For further information: For further information: Employers Media Contacts: Greg Boone, Director, Public Affairs, Cape Breton District Health Authority, (902) 567-7791, pager: (902) 567-9377; Eileen MacIsaac, Director, Public Relations, Pictou County Health Authority, (902) 752-7600, ext. 1124, cell: (902) 759-4668; Note to Reporters, Assignment Editors and Producers: Arrangements can also be made for interviews with Acute Health Care Employer Representative Pat Lee, (CEO, for the Pictou County Health Authority).

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