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Union Matters Podcast #5: Weed & The Workplace

On this week’s episode of Union Matters, we sit down with labour lawyer Jill Houlihan to talk about a hot topic: weed and the workplace. Since the legalization of cannabis four short weeks ago, many employees (and employers) have been left with unanswered questions about how use of the substance – recreationally and medicinally – […]

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Council of Nursing Defers Outstanding Issues to Arbitrator

The Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions (NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor) and the Employer group (NSHA and IWK) have completed collective bargaining and are referring all remaining matters in dispute to Arbitrator William Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan was named as mediator-arbitrator for all acute care collective agreements, as per a decision that was ratified by […]

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Union Matters: Domestic Violence Leave

On this week’s podcast, we speak with NSGEU Employee Relations Officer Gina Boyd about the issue of domestic violence leave in Nova Scotia. This spring, the provincial government introduced legislation that includes a provision for up to ten intermittent days of unpaid leave to allow victims of domestic abuse to seek out services and supports. […]

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Media Release: PTSD Regulations Step In Right Direction

Nova Scotia announced new regulations today, which will ensure more workers will have easy and immediate access to resources to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Amending the Workers Compensation Act to ensure more workers are protected against the harms of workplace trauma was the right thing to do,” said NSGEU President Jason MacLean, “We […]

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Media Release: Gov’t Reset Needs to Focus on Health Care Crisis, Union Ready to Help

Union members hope proroguing the legislature means Stephen McNeil is ready to reset the Liberal Government’s agenda away from attacking workers and towards working together to find solutions to fix the current crisis in health care, says NSGEU President Jason MacLean. “Traditionally, when a Premier prorogues the legislature it marks a change in direction from […]

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