NSGEU rallies in support of laid-off Counsellor Attendants

Those facing mental health issues need more support, not less.

Halifax (05 Nov. 2012) - Today, November 5, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is holding a series of rallies in support of the six counsellor attendants who were recently given termination notices by the Cape Breton District Health Authority.

These long-serving members of the Mental Health and Addiction Services team have a combined 95 years of invaluable experience treating and supporting patients with substance abuse issues. We fail to see how any educational program could replace the skillset these members have accrued after more than a decade on the job.

This is not the time to be putting people out of work in Cape Breton. Rather, it should be a time where we are focusing on creating new opportunities.

Supporters are being encouraged to join the rallies at 12:15 p.m. at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and at 4 p.m. at the Grand Lake Road Fire Hall. For the NSGEU/NUPGE members outside of the area, another rally will be held outside of the tourism bureau at the Canso Causeway at 12:15 p.m.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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