Yesterday, CUPE and four other unions launched a joint campaign to fight for equal wages for all LPNs across Nova Scotia. We’re proud to stand along NSGEU, NSNU, SEIU and Unifor in this important fight.
Help us win the fight for equal wages! Here are five ways you can participate.
1. Attend the town hall for all CUPE LPNs on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 P.M. (Atlantic Time)
Join Zoom meeting online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82840676784
Or you can call one of these toll free numbers:
Meeting ID: 828 4067 6784
2. Go right now to ns.cupe.ca/same-care-same-pay
Use the online form and send a letter to politicians, and your employer, telling them in your own words why you think you deserve the same pay increase your colleagues at the former CDHA are going to receive. You can send the pre-written letter or you can edit it however you like.
3. Call a Day Until They Pay
More importantly, please take a moment to call your MLA! While inundating our elected officials with emails is effective, it is much harder for politicians to ignore a phone call from a constituent. We are asking you to try and call daily, until this matter is resolved: “A CALL A DAY UNTIL THEY PAY!”
To find your MLA’s contact information, visit https://enstools.electionsnovascotia.ca/edinfo2012/ and enter your address. Once you know who your MLA is, their contact information is listed here.
Here are a few key points you may want to raise on your call with them:
- Tell them about the work you do and how your scope of work has changed over the years.
- Tell them how it makes you feel knowing that your colleagues working in different settings/hospitals will be making significantly more than others doing the same work.
- Ask why it’s appropriate that all MLAs receive the same base pay, while LPNs will not.
- Explain how difficult it will now be to recruit and retain LPNs in areas that will be lower-paid, like long-term care, home care, public health, and rural hospitals.
- In October, during the Crown Attorneys’ strike, Premier Stephen McNeil said, “We don’t go into one group and say we’re going to give you a 17% pay raise and then go to someone else and say by the way you’re not worth that. How is that reasonable for anyone?”
- Point out how insulting it is to have to fight for equal pay, particularly during a pandemic: it’s time to pay our “healthcare heroes!”
4. Share your selfies!
Download the poster available on the campaign website. Use it when you take your selfies and share it with both of these hashtags #SameCareSamePay #nspoli.
5. Show your support online
Use our frame for your Facebook profile pic “Same Care, Same Pay – CUPE NS LPNs”
Thank you for your support! Together we can win equal pay for all LPNs!
Campaign website: ns.cupe.ca/same-care-same-pay
Hashtags: #SameCareSamePay #CallADayUntilTheyPay #nspoli