130 people at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to be laid off

“This is going to be devastating. Taking libraries out of schools is like taking food out of the cafeteria,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.

Halifax (06 April 2012) - The Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) strongly condemns the layoff of more than 130 people at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, including the elimination of 54.6 full-time equivlent positions. Union representatives learned during a meeting last night the full extent of the school board’s cost-slashing measures.

Elementary school libraries? Gone. Resources for students with behavioural or development issues? Reduced. Good, productive jobs in Central Nova Scotia? Slashed.

“This is going to be devastating. Taking libraries out of schools is like taking food out of the cafeteria,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. “There is simply no question these cuts will have a terrible impact on the education received by thousands of Nova Scotia children.”

School board staff are beginning to meet today with employees who will be laid off. Some will be out of work by the end of June 2012. The job cuts are targeted at a variety of different board employees, including 54.6 NSGEU/NUPGE positions, 20.5 Canadian Union of Public Employee (CUPE) positions, 51.8 Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) positions, and 4 non-union positions.

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