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Author Archive | Holly Fraughton

Long-Term Care Recommendations Solid Starting Point

The NSGEU welcomes the recommendations of the Minister’s Expert Advisory Panel on Long Term Care (LTC). While there remains a significant need for more beds in long-term care, the report puts a focus on addressing human resources and staffing concerns first. The NSGEU feels strongly that staff ratios and mix need to be addressed as […]

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Union Matters: Happy New Year!

This week, we sit down with NSGEU President Jason MacLean to talk about some of the highlights from 2018, and what union members have to look forward to in the New Year! See below for a full transcript of this week’s podcast: Hello and welcome to this week’s episode Union Matters, NSGEU’s weekly podcast. I’m […]

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Union Matters: Giving Back

We are in the midst of the holiday season, when people turn their minds to giving to others. But the NSGEU actually gives back to the community all year round! On this week’s episode of Union Matters, we sit down and talk to NSGEU’s First Vice President, Sandra Mullen; Secretary-Treasurer, Darren McPhee; and Board member […]

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Bargaining Update: Support Services Collective Agreement

After many months of difficult negotiations, your bargaining committee members are pleased to announce that they have concluded a new, province-wide Support Services Collective Agreement. On November 30, 2018, mediator/arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award that establishes a collective agreement for more than 4,200 employees within the Health Support Bargaining Unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority […]

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Bargaining Update: Province-Wide Nursing Collective Agreement

After many months of difficult negotiations, your bargaining committee members are pleased to announce that they have concluded a new, province-wide Nursing Collective Agreement. This was a historic round of bargaining that saw all nurses across the province from four different unions bargain together at one table (click here to read more about the history behind this […]

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History Behind Current Round of Support Services Bargaining

This round of bargaining for the Support Services Bargaining Unit was the most unique in Nova Scotia history. Government legislation restricted wage increases and froze and ended retirement allowances. Other government legislation created two employers, the NSHA and the IWK, and required NSGEU, NSNU, Unifor and CUPE to negotiate a single province-wide agreement for all […]

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History Behind Current Round of Nursing Bargaining

This round of bargaining for health care workers – which includes Health Care, Administrative Professionals, Nursing and Support Services – was the most unique in our province’s history. Government legislation restricted wage increases and froze, then ended, retirement allowances. Another piece of government legislation created two employers, the NSHA and the IWK, and required NSGEU, […]

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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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