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Local 18 Cape Breton University Members Vote Unanimously in Favour of Strike Action

Members of Local 18A (Teachers) & Local 18B (MOS) collectively delivered a very strong show of support to their bargaining committees last night, voting unanimously in favour of strike action, if necessary, to back their demands for a fair collective agreement, as we head into conciliation.

From Local 18A (Teachers), 22 out of 25 eligible members voted and 100% of the membership ballots cast were in favour of strike action, with an 88% strike mandate delivered. Your Bargaining Committee is scheduled to meet with the Conciliation Officer and your Employer during the evening of February 3rd.

From Local 18B (MOS), 14 out of 16 eligible members voted and 100% of the membership ballots cast were in favour of strike action, with an 87.5% strike mandate delivered. Your Bargaining Committee is scheduled to meet with the Conciliation Officer and your Employer on Feb. 2nd.

We are optimistic that the strong collective message members have sent will help in the next step of bargaining. Thank you for your show of confidence and support!

What is Conciliation?

Conciliation is provided under the Nova Scotia Trade Union Act. It takes place when regular negotiations fail to bring about an agreement. Either party may apply to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education requesting the services of a Conciliation Officer. The Conciliation Officer does not have the power to impose a settlement on either party. Instead, their role is to mediate between the parties and help them reach an agreement. We are committed to reaching a tentative agreement that your Bargaining Committee can recommend to you.

What can happen at Conciliation?

The Union and Employer will either reach a tentative agreement or, if they do not, the Conciliator will determine that an agreement will not be reached and will file a report with the Minister of Labour & Advanced Education. If a tentative agreement is reached, we will arrange information sessions where members can pose questions and vote on the tentative agreement. If an impasse is declared, we will arrange information sessions where members can vote on the Employers’ final offer.

Your Bargaining Committee remains committed to reaching a tentative agreement that we can recommend to you the membership. Please look for future updates as the process moves forward.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of your Bargaining Committee, or the NSGEU by calling 902-424-4063 (toll free 1-877-556- 7438) or emailing inquiry@nsgeu.ca.

Local 18A (Teachers) Bargaining Committee:

Local 18B (MOS) Bargaining Committee:

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