Media Advisory - Unions wrap up forums on workplace violence in Yarmouth

    HALIFAX, March 1 /CNW/ - Four of Nova Scotia's public sector unions will
hold one final forum open to all workers to discuss the importance of
workplace violence legislation and the Department of Environment and Labour's
discussion paper on the issue.
    The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU), Nova
Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU) and the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia are working together as
the Coalition Against Workplace Violence.
    The forum will take place in Yarmouth today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room
C181 at Nova Scotia Community College's Burridge Campus, located at 372
Pleasant Street.
    Speakers will include NSGEU President Joan Jessome, NSNU Executive
Director Jean Candy, NSTU Yarmouth Local President Wally Fiander and CUPE Nova
Scotia President Danny Cavanagh.
    The Yarmouth stop concludes a series of provincial forums hosted by the
Coalition across the province throughout January and February attended by
hundreds of workers.
    In November 2006, the Coalition called on the provincial government to
enact draft workplace violence regulations into legislation.
    The Coalition responded formally to the province's discussion paper on
workplace violence in their February 15 submission, saying it "missed the
mark" by excluding emotional and psychological forms of abuse, such as
bullying and intimidation, from its definition of workplace violence. The
unions are also concerned the discussion paper fails to recognize that
workplace violence legislation is necessary to ensure there is a serious
deterrent to this behavior in the workplace, one that employers can
legitimately address.

    For more information on the Coalition Against Workplace Violence, please
visit .

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: John McCracken, Communications
Officer, CUPE NS: (902) 222-8457; Shalon McLachlan, Communications Officer,
NSGEU: (902) 497-6761; Coleen Logan, Communications Officer, NSNU: (902)
430-6169; Angela Murray, Communications Officer, NSTU: (902) 497-0194

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