Nova Scotia

Talks set to avert strike at N.S. residential facility

A union official says contract talks are set to resume in April in an effort to avoid a walkout at a residential care facility in Sydney, N.S.

A union official says contract talks are set to resume in April in an effort to avoid a walkout at a residential care facility in Sydney, N.S.

Workers who look after about 135 mentally disabled residents at the Braemore Home in Cape Breton have already warned a strike is possible.

Kathy MacLeod, a representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, said Friday the union has been told by a provincial conciliation officer that management is willing to go back to the bargaining table.

Talks are set for April 4 with several issues remaining unresolved, MacLeod said.

MacLeod said too many workers have been classified as temporary for too long. Other issues include reclassification and pay for casual workers on late shifts and weekends.

The union already has a tentative agreement with the province on monetary issues for full-time workers, said MacLeod.

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