Media advisory: Rally to call for end to chicken-and-egg funding situation for restorative justice program

Please join us on Wednesday, August 15, as caseworkers call on Minister Mark Furey and the Nova Scotia Department of Justice to end the current chicken-and-egg situation happening to the funding of the restorative justice program.

The restorative justice caseworkers, members of CUPE 4764, met with their employer, the Community Justice Society, on August 14 in an attempt to negotiate a collective agreement. However, the employer did not offer any new proposals. The Society receives 100 per cent of its funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, impacting their ability to increase the wages it offers to the caseworkers.

Last week, the government stated they would consider how the funding for the restorative justice program, but only after the caseworkers achieve a new contract — an impossible situation according to union representatives.

“Our employer has no control over the amount of funding it receives from the Department of Justice,” says CUPE 4764 President Denise Russell. “D.O.J. funds 100% of the program. It’s time for the minister to take responsibility and stop pretending they have no part to play in these negotiations.”

Break the Impasse signTIME: Wednesday, August 15, 12 to 1 p.m.

LOCATION: 1690 Hollis Street, Joseph Howe Building, Halifax

SPEAKERS: CUPE 4764 Strike Captain Shila Leblanc, NS Federation of Labour President Danny Cavanagh, and former St. Mary’s University Professor Judy Haiven who will speak about pay equity.