HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - March 14, 2016) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees is offering its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mike McNeil, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, who died suddenly this weekend. "Losing Brother McNeil is not only a loss for CUPE members, it is also a tremendous loss for the labour movement," said Dianne Frittenburg, member of CUPE Nova Scotia's Executive Board.

"He was a caring and compassionate man who gave fully of himself in all things. Mike fought against all injustices," said Frittenburg. "He died doing what he loved and had just completed a regional tour of Nova Scotia that gave him the opportunity to meet with CUPE members from Sydney to Yarmouth and all points in between."

The last of those regional meetings took place on Friday, March 11. Brother McNeil passed away the next day.

"We need to take the time to grieve this loss with his family and to celebrate Brother McNeil's life and accomplishments," said Jacquie Bramwell, Atlantic regional director for CUPE.

"We will cherish our memories of Brother McNeil and the work he did for CUPE Nova Scotia," added Frittenburg. "The thoughts and prayers of CUPE Nova Scotia's 19,000 members are with the McNeil family at this difficult time."

Contact Information:

Jacquie Bramwell
CUPE Atlantic Regional Director
(902) 455-4180 (o)

Dianne Frittenburg
Executive Member, CUPE Nova Scotia
(902) 521-7782 (c)