HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 18, 2016) - CUPE representatives from Nova Scotia will speak at an upcoming public town hall session, as part of the federal government's Employment Insurance Service Quality Review. The session will take place:

Tuesday, July 19

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Place: Ministers' regional office, 1801 Hollis Street, 12th Floor, Suite 1210, Halifax, NS

Atlantic Canadians encounter too many challenges when trying to access Employment Insurance. This includes the inadequate number of Service Canada workers and the amount of workers that are in temporary positions, which negatively impacts service delivery.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen says, "More staff are needed in Service Canada centres who can meet face-to-face and are knowledgeable about the issues facing workers in specific occupations, sectors and regions."

CUPE also encourages members to participate in the review by completing the online survey available on the Service Canada website.

The Liberal government's 2016 budget includes $92 million to make improvements to the administration of the program. A summary report of the feedback received during the consultations will be released this later this year.

Contact Information:

Nan McFadgen
President, CUPE NS
(902) 759-3231 (m)

Colleen Reynolds
CUPE Communications Representative
(613) 203-2253 (m)