Sunday, 19 August 2018
Labour Media release

Media Advisory: Rally to protest underfunding of restorative justice program July 30 in Halifax

Please join us on Monday, July 30, as restorative justice caseworkers, members of CUPE 4764, are joined by friends and allies to protest chronic underfunding of the community restorative justice program by the provincial government.

TIME: Monday, July 30 at 12 p.m.

LOCATION: 1256 Barrington Street, Halifax

SPEAKERS: CUPE 4764 President Denise Russell, CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen, NS Federation of Labour President Danny Cavanagh, and members of the restorative justice community.

“Funding hasn’t changed for us in over 12 years,” says Denise Russell, CUPE 4764 president. “The government has increased our files by 149% with the rollout of the adult restorative justice program and they need to increase our wages and staffing. We had 248 files in 2016, and 617 in 2017. Something needs to change.”

CUPE 4764 members are workers employed by the Community Justice Society (CJS) are set to begin job action on July 30 at 8 a.m., after sending 48‑hour strike notice to Minister of Justice Mark Furey. The strike will leave restorative justice clients and communities without options, and interrupt court dates.

More information: https://novascotia.cupe.ca/?s=4764

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