Department of Education’s Statement – December 3rd, 2016

At 11am today, December 3rd, 2016, the Minister of Education announced that all public schools in the province of Nova Scotia will be closed indefinitely. This was in response to the Nova Scotia’s Teacher’s Union announcement to take Job Action in the form of “Work to Rule”, and what the Department of Education felt could or would lead to students being in unsafe or unsupervised situations during a Work to Rule situation. Also announced was that the Government of Nova Scotia would be sitting in Legislature come Monday December 5th starting at 10am, and the government would be drafting two particular pieces of emergency legislation: 1. An act to end Job Action by the NSTU and get children back to school in front of teachers as soon as possible, and 2. Legislation to impose a contract settlement on the Teachers.
Part of Minister Casey’s statement also included direction for all School Board Employees: Teachers and Support Staff, areto report to work on Monday, at their worksite and they will work their regular hours.
What this means for all CUPE Members of Local 5047, and in turn all employees of the Halifax Regional School Board, is that you are required to go to work on Monday and be there for your regular work hours. What may be unclear at this time is what the work day will look like on Monday, or what any member would be expected to do. We are certain we will have some direction from Administration once at school on Monday. The Executive of your Local would like to state that once again, it is our hope that no CUPE member will perform any duties of any other Bargaining Unit during this unsettled time.
We are certain that many of you have concerns or questions regarding this announcement, however, this is the only information we have at this time. Please rest assured, if there are any changes to statements or any other information made available to your Local, we will send it out immediately and in unison for all. As always, please feel free to refer to the HRSB’s website or the Department of Education’s website for any additional information or statements that may be made available to you and the public.
It is the hope of your Executive that you try to enjoy your weekend and that there will be more information made available for all in the coming hours and days.
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding in such unusual times, and In Solidarity,
Chris Melanson
CUPE Local 5047

General Membership Meeting November 8, 2016

The Next General Membership Meeting of Local 5047 is detailed below:


CUPE 5047
General Membership Meeting
Date: Tuesday November 8, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm-8:15pm
Place: Millwood High School Cafeteria
141 Millwood Dr. Middle Sackville, NS
1. Roll call of officers
2. Reading of the Equality Statement/New members/Initiation
3. Reading and approval of minutes/Matters arising
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Communications/Executive Board Reports
6. Committee Reports
7. Old Business/New Business: NSTU update
8. Good of the Union/Adjournment

General Membership Meeting – October 11th, 2016

The first General Membership Meeting of CUPE Local 5047 will take place on October 11th, 2016 at 6:30 at the CUPE Regional Office, 271 Brownlow Avenue, Burnside, Dartmouth.

An Agenda will be sent out prior to the meeting to all Member’s hrsb email account.

Items up for discussion will be the NSTU Conference Day, upcoming CUPE Educationals, Reports from Committees, as well as an election for a seat on the Local’s Pension Committee and the possibility of an attendee to the Women Against Austerity Conference being held in November in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Come out, meet your executive and coworkers, and help make decisions for our Local!

General Membership Meeting May 10, 2016

General Membership Meeting May 10, 2016


DATE: TUESDAY, May 10, 2016

TIME:  6:30 PM – 8:15 PM




1.         Roll Call of Officers

2.         Reading of the Equality Statement / New Members and Initiation

3.         Reading and Approval of Minutes from last meeting/Matters Arising

4.         Treasurer’s Report

5.         Communications/Executive Board Report

6.                  Committee Reports – Pension/Occupational Health and Safety/Bargaining/Grievance/Membership Support

7.         Old Business/New Business- Election for 1 Pension Committee Member, 5 Bylaw Committee Members and 5 Social Committee Members, Convention Reports, Staffing update, Sector Council Meeting October 17-20th.

8.         Good of the Union/Adjournment

April 12, 2016 General Membership Meeting

April 12, 2016 General Membership Meeting

Location: Sackville Heights Junior High School

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Regular Reports, Minutes and business will be presented.

Elections will also be held at this meeting, in order, for the following positions:

Vice President

Secretary Treasurer

Chief Shop Steward

3 Year Trustee


As well, the Local will be electing 10  members to attend CUPE NS Convention being held April 24-27 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Please make every effort to attend! Your Local needs Your Support!

International Women’s Day Event in Halifax

Join the Haifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council and our social movement allies to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 in Halifax on March 8th at 5:30 pm at Grand Parade, in front of city hall. There will be music, hot chocolate, speeches and more.

International Women’s Day is a socialist holiday, started in 1909, to remember a strike by working women in New York who were members of International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Since then it has spread all around the world.

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements that have been won in the struggle for equality and focuses on the next steps.

This year, the Labour Council calls for action on key priorities including:

– Restoring funding …to Women’s Employment Centres across Nova Scotia which have been cut by the Stephen McNeil Liberals
– Making sure the inquiry for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women leads to change
– Addressing challenges faced by transwomen in employment and health care
– Creating a national child care and early childhood education system
– Ending cuts to education, health care and social services
– A $15 minimum wage

Join us on March 8th – Bring banners and flags

Women resist austerity.
Another world is possible.”