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Civil Service Bargaining Update

Good afternoon, Yesterday, thousands of teachers represented by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union voted to reject the tentative agreement that was recommended to them by their bargaining committee and leadership. This agreement was virtually identical to the agreement your bargaining committee grudgingly recommended to you: it contains the same wage patterns, and the discontinuance of […]

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Local 82 – Message from President Jessome with link to press release

Dear members of Local 82 at NSCAD University, The employer’s decision to balance their books on the backs of support staff who keep the university running is shameful. The contributions of maintenance workers and Administrative Assistants are being sadly and wrongly undervalued. The provincial government’s demand that universities maintain balanced budgets in order to qualify […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: NSGEU Home Support Workers Present Pledges to Party Leaders

Today, NSGEU President Joan Jessome and home support workers presented politicians with approximately 1,200 signed pledges, stating that if their work is contracted to another company, they will not accept employment unless their union representation with the NSGEU and contractual terms and conditions are respected by the new employer. “These pledges are a very clear […]

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NSGEU to Maintain All Members Under New Health Council Structure

An agreement reached today with the province will ensure every single NSGEU acute health care member will stay with the NSGEU. This deal is a critical victory for labour in the province and for NSGEU members who have fought so hard the last year to keep their right to choose their union. Today’s agreement affects […]

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President’s Statement on Mediator/Arbitrator Dorsey’s Ruling

Good afternoon, Today, James Dorsey, the mediator/arbitrator responsible for overseeing the implementation of Bill 1 (The Health Authorities Act), ruled that he will hear arguments asking him to interpret Bill 1 in a manner that respects the constitutional rights of health care workers in Nova Scotia. However, Mr. Dorsey also ruled that the specific remedies […]

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DHA Restructuring: Unions working towards Health Care Union Bargaining Associations

Dear Health Care member, Nova Scotia’s health care system is undergoing radical change by the provincial government. These changes include the government’s decision to move from nine District Health Authorities to one provincial board and one board representing the IWK. As a part of this restructuring, the government plans to reduce the number of collective […]

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Letter of Endorsement from President Joan Jessome for Ken Georgetti for President of the CLC.

Dear members, I was elected President of my union the same year that Ken Georgetti was elected President of the CLC. I can tell you from experience that being a labour leader is not an easy job. You face so many different personalities and priorities and emergencies that it’s impossible to please everybody all the […]

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