HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, November 30, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CUPE Nova Scotia, the second largest union in the province, is joining in the call for decent wages for early childhood educators (ECEs) today. “In solidarity with thousands of ECEs, families, directors, child care advocates and allies, we demand that the Houston government do better by these invaluable workers, who are predominately women, and pay them higher wages now,” says CUPE NS President Nan McFadgen.
“Today, we stand with ECEs, who are out in force, to tell our government that the work they do in service of our children should be worth enough to provide them with an income they can afford to live on,” says McFadgen.
“While Minister Druhan is celebrating lower fees for child care for parents, the result of a federal-provincial funding agreement, many are infuriated that wages for ECEs in child care centres remain low,” says McFadgen.
“Even though Nova Scotia was one of the first to sign on to this historic agreement, our ECEs continue to wait for a meaningful wage, and that is not acceptable,” states McFadgen. “The government’s recently released wage grid starts and ends with ECEs in centres not even being paid enough to get by.”
Tell the Houston government to raise the wage scale for early childhood educators in Nova Scotia.
Join the National Day of Action on November 30th and sign Child Care Now’s petition at https://chng.it/wt9XwD4Tsc. #dotsforspots
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