MEDIA RELEASE: Civil Service Bargaining Committee Recommends Acceptance of Tentative Agreement to Protect Job Security

The NSGEU Civil Service Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee (BUNC) is recommending acceptance of a tentative agreement that protects members’ job security.

During this round of negotiations, Civil Service members identified that the most critical issue for them was job security, and we have managed to protect that in the agreement the committee is recommending today.

In the face of impending legislation that threatened to take away critical job security provisions and set an unacceptable five-year wage pattern, the committee was forced into the decision to recommend acceptance of an offer which is far from acceptable.

“The committee is incredibly disappointed by the lack of respect the McNeil government has shown for the spirit of the collective bargaining process,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.

“Ultimately, however, they voted to keep public sector workers in the workplace, showing they are more concerned for the future of Nova Scotia’s public service and keeping Nova Scotians working than this Liberal government is.”

The tentative agreement includes a four-year wage settlement with all concessions (takeaways) off the table, with the exception of the Public Service Award. Most importantly, the offer does not take away any of the very strong job security protections negotiated in the last two rounds of bargaining.

The offer is being sent via email to the 7,600 Civil Servants the NSGEU represents. Ratification votes will be held in few weeks’ time.


The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotian’s count on every day.

For more information, please contact:

Holly Fraughton, NSGEU Communications Officer
902.424.4063 (office)
902.471.1781 (cell)


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10 Responses to MEDIA RELEASE: Civil Service Bargaining Committee Recommends Acceptance of Tentative Agreement to Protect Job Security

  1. Nora Smith November 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Why was Local 46 able to get such a larger (1.5) is a heck of a lot larger than 0% than the Civil Service tentative agreement?

    • Deedee Slye November 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Thank you for your question Nora, it is a good one. Our members who work for the Property Valuation Services Corporation have a different employer willing to negotiate better terms. They have been far more reasonable than the government who was preparing to legislate/impose a contract. The tentative agreement reached for the Civil Service is better than what government was going to legislate- but you are quite right, not as good as the PVSC’s agreement.

  2. Derek Specer November 20, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    I feel that you should provided a platform for those members who believe that this contract shouldn’t be ratified. All members should be presented with both sides of this issue so they can make an informed decision.

    The union allowed the Government to bully them in accepting a bad deal,

    • Deedee Slye November 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      Hello there Derek, thank you for writing. We are holding three telephone town hall meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 24, Thursday, Nov. 26, and Monday, Nov. 30 at 7pm where members can share their comments with the rest of the membership and the Bargaining Committee. The calls are going out to all our 7600 members each night and we are hoping that all members will participate in at least one of the town halls. We take calls in the order they come in, so feel free to press *3 right away to make sure you get on the list to share your point-of-view.

      • Steve Murphy November 27, 2015 at 10:46 am #

        Lets not pretend that a couple of conference calls is the same as a real face to face with members. If we are being recommended to accept this then we should have someone face to face explaining why.

        To me it seems like our union is afraid and is using members desire to have a career with job security as a reason to give up.

        If this union will not stand up for its members, it should at least stand in front of them and justify why we don’t deserve a fair collective bargaining session.

        • Deedee Slye November 30, 2015 at 11:13 am #

          Thank you for your comments Steve. We far prefer face-to-face discussions where practical. These telephone town halls are being used because the membership of the Civil Service is province-wide. It gives members the opportunity to hear directly from the Bargaining Committee with an opportunity to ask questions and make comments from the comfort of home. There were 750 members on last Tuesday’s call and 400 on Thursday’s call at the peak. There is another call tonight at 7pm and as long as we have your correct phone number, you should be called and asked to join in. If you have not been called and are a member of the Civil Service, you should call us to ensure we have your correct contact information on file. Feel free to join us and ask your questions/make your comments tonight. You will be able to reach far more of your fellow workers with your comments and questions than you would have if we held meetings face-to-face for the Civil Service.

  3. Vincent Young November 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    I was unable to copy down all of the information in last nights Town Hall. I Identify as a person who would need information in writing, as I am unable to write as fast as you talk. Town Halls are limited in their accessibility, and I’ve voiced this before.

    • Deedee Slye November 30, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      Hello there,
      You can give us a call at the office and we can arrange for a transcript of one of the calls and you can come in to read it. We cannot, however, make them available in any other way for reasons of privacy. Thank you for your comments and inquiry.

  4. Vincent Young November 25, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Joan was very supportive of the No Voters, so come on and let’s fight this, so we should not be afraid of voting no!

    • Deedee Slye November 30, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      President Jessome has always said she is prepared to go as far as the membership would like her to. At the town halls, your Bargaining Committee has been saying that if you vote no, you should be prepared to take to the street!

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