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Health Care Support Services’ Safety Survey

The union has received a number of reports from our Support Services members regarding concerns about staffing shortages and patient safety. We are trying to collect data from the membership to assist with bringing public attention to this important issue. In order to do this effectively, we need information from you. We are asking you […]

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Important Message for NSHA Central Zone Employees regarding Benefit Premium Changes

Dear members, In the coming days you will be receiving a notification from your employer (NSHA) announcing an increase to your health and dental premiums. The NSGEU does not agree with these increases and has made our position known with your benefits administrator (HANS) and employer. (Click here to see our response.) On July 1, 2018, your benefits […]

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Acute Health Care: Update on New Interpretation of Overtime Language

Good afternoon, The NSHA and IWK have recently decided to change their interpretation of overtime language to all four acute care bargaining units (Health Care, Support Services, Administrative Professionals and Nursing). As we have stated in past communications, this interpretation is not a result of negotiations and at no time has the NSGEU agreed with […]

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Acute Health Care: Update on New Interpretation of Overtime Language

Good afternoon, As you all know, the NSHA and IWK have a new interpretation of overtime compensation for all health care workers. This interpretation is not a result of negotiations and at no time has the NSGEU agreed with it. Essentially, both employers have decided that overtime will be paid based on hours actually worked, and […]

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Support Services Bargaining Unit: Telephone Town Hall Meeting to Discuss New Collective Agreement

As you are aware, we recently concluded an intensive round of bargaining, which resulted in a new collective agreement for the Support Services bargaining unit. We are holding a telephone town hall meeting for all members of the Support Services bargaining unit on Monday, January 7th at 6 p.m., so we can review highlights of […]

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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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Special Notice on Overtime for Acute Care Employers

Dear Health Care Bargaining Unit members, As a result of your employer’s recent communication (see the IWK message below) regarding overtime, the NSGEU wants to clarify that this change in practice for the Health Care bargaining unit was not agreed to in bargaining. The employer has decided to interpret the language around “hours worked” differently. […]

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Local 119: Special meeting for all trades, maintenance, and engineers

Good afternoon, As you know, your employer made an announcement yesterday regarding government’s plans to redevelop the QEII. This includes the eventual decommissioning of part of the Victoria General site and the construction of five new health care buildings in the Halifax area. The new health care buildings will be constructed using a P3 model, […]

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Health Support Bargaining Unit Bargaining Update

The Council of Health Support Unions, comprised of committee members from CUPE, Unifor and NSGEU, met with the NSHA and IWK on August 27th, 28th and 29th to bargain a new collective agreement for members who work in support services occupations across Nova Scotia. Both parties tabled proposals premised on the Healthcare Bargaining Unit Arbitration […]

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