This is a message from NSGEU President Joan Jessome, as of 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 1st!!!
This afternoon, the union received a cease and desist order from the Labour Board:
“The Board was satisfied after an investigation of the complaint by the Program Officer that a stoppage of work has occurred and is continuing contrary to the provisions of the Trade Union Act.
Effective April 1, 2014 the Labour Board orders those employees who are members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees’ Union, Local 97 who are participating in the illegal work stoppage to cease and desist from participating in an illegal work stoppage and to report to work forthwith and perform their lawful duties as assigned by their employer.”
The union is asking all Registered Nurses to comply with the Labour Board order and report to their next scheduled shift.
Nurses who did not show up for their shifts will likely receive disciplinary letters from your employer. If you receive one of these letters, please contact us immediately at 424-4063 so we can file a grievance on your behalf.
If your manager asks where you were, simply explain you were protesting this government’s anti-worker legislation.
This does not mean our fight is over!
We are still picketing at the legislature to protest this tomorrow. If you are not scheduled to work, please come and join us! Meet us at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel at 9 a.m.
Also, the NSGEU has given notice that we plan to hold a legal strike. Due to the incredible response of health care workers and concerned Nova Scotians speaking out against this legislation, it is now looking like we may be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, April 3rd.
At that time, we will be taking further job action, and we need you out there with us, fighting this draconian legislation.
For those of you who stood with us, we thank you. We sent a very clear message to this government and the public, and we will continue. Please watch your email for updates from us over the coming days, as we will let you know what is planned!