Your Bargaining Committee and your Employer reached an impasse on March 25.
The Union will be filing for conciliation today, March 27.
While we have reached agreement on many articles, we still have some key issues that have not been addressed, such as improvements in vacation, sick leave, compensation for injury on duty leave, and wages.
We are committed in reaching a tentative agreement that your Bargaining Committee can recommend to you.
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.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of your bargaining committee or the NSGEU at 424-4063 (toll-free 1-877-556-7438) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Foley email@example.com
Sonya Juneja firstname.lastname@example.org
David Lawrence, Chief Negotiator
424-4063 or 1-877-556-7438