"So much for Rodney MacDonald's election promises" - CUPE

    HALIFAX, March 23 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia is wondering
what happened to all those wonderful election promises Rodney MacDonald made?
    Reacting to today's provincial budget Danny Cavanagh says, "Our 16,000
members, and the rest of Nova Scotia, are no doubt scratching their heads
today wondering what happened to all those wonderful things promised by the
Tories in the last provincial election.
    "Instead, they've increased user fees by almost 7% - which are really
just taxes in a different form - are delaying their commitment on Pharmacare,
the Canada Pension Plan clawback and other promises that working families were
counting on," says Cavanagh.
    "With capital expenditures almost cut in half in this budget, CUPE is
extremely concerned that the infrastructure money being made available in this
week's federal budget is now looking very attractive down here. The problem
with that is, the Harper money is all tied to P-3's.
    "Nova Scotians know that P3 schools were a disaster and don't want to go
back down that road," says Cavanagh.
    Cavanagh says, "Child care workers, many of whom continue to work for
near poverty wages, want a guarantee that the new money coming from the Harper
government is earmarked specifically for wages and benefits. This provincial
government continues to ignore this entire sector."

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902)
455-4180 (o), jmccracken@cupe.ca

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